UnitedFuture wants to ensure that New Zealand’s regulations and laws around drugs focus on healthcare and harm reduction and therefore endorses heading towards a Portugal-style model for achieving this reality.
Our model of reform is based on the principles of tolerance, compassion and innovation.
We do not want to see people going through the criminal justice system if they are suffering from an addiction or use of a drug that would be better treated through the health system. Therefore, we want to see healthcare become the primary motivator of our drug policy.
We want to see a new framework for drug policy introduced that is firmly based on evidence. That evidence exists from the Portuguese model where health options have used in the first instance of low-level possession infringements while retaining tough constraints and sanctions on the supply side.
- The use of healthcare options in the first instance for possession
- Place health care and treatment at the centre of drug policy
- Create a regulated market for drugs that are proved low-risk
- Shutting criminals out of the market