(ed: the numbers in new zealand that have ‘used’ is even higher than in america – and recent polling has been relentless in showing high levels of support (+80% !) for full legalisation of cannabis (tv3 poll)…
it is past time our politicians caught up with the rest of us…and ended the madness that is prohibition..)
Half of all adults in the U.S. have used an illegal drug at some point.
If this was your loved one – family member or friend – would they deserve to be arrested – jailed and face a lifetime of punishment and discrimination?
Ending criminal penalties for drug possession – often referred to as decriminalization – means nobody gets arrested – goes to jail or prison – or faces criminal punishment for possessing a small amount of a drug for personal use.
As detailed in a new Drug Policy Alliance report there’s an emerging public – political – and scientific consensus that otherwise-law-abiding people should not be arrested – let alone locked in cages – simply for using or possessing a drug.
This is a pivotal moment.
Our retrograde federal administration is ramping up the war on drugs – despite widespread public support for ending it and instead focusing our limited resources on health-based approaches to drug addiction and overdose deaths.