There’s not a single, solitary chance that as long as I’m the Minister of Justice, we’ll be relaxing drug laws in New Zealand.
– Simon Power responding to the Law Commission’s finding that ‘the (Misuse Of Drugs) Act seems poorly aligned with the policy platform of harm minimization‘.
Sara : How come you know more about medicine than a doctor?
Harry : Believe me, Ma: I know.
– Requiem for a Dream
There are more serious problems facing the nation but the drug laws – medicinal heroin but not medicinal cannabis; pot growers get prison, brewery owners get knighthoods – are easily the least logical, most absurd and do the most to undermine the moral authority of the state and the justice system.
I’m ambivalent about the idea of pot legalisation: it’s still a powerful, dangerous drug of abuse and we have enough problems with alcohol companies lobbying/buying politicians and censoring debate about the harm they cause. But medicinal marijuana is a total non-brainer: people will suffer needlessly because Power and his Prime Minister are afraid of what talkback callers and the Sensible Sentencing Trust will say about them if they do the right thing.