UnitedFuture wants to ensure that New Zealand’s drug laws focus on healthcare and harm reduction. We endorse heading towards a Portugal-style model to achieve this.
Our model of reform is based on the principles of tolerance, compassion and innovation.
We do not want to see people subjected to the criminal justice system if they are suffering from an addiction or drug use that would be better treated through the health system. Therefore, we want to see healthcare become the primary motivator behind 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 experience, where a health-centred approach is used in the first instance of low-level possession infringements, while still 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
- Shut criminals out of the market