2 May 2019

Drug law changes face criticism

From Morning Report, 7:50 am on 2 May 2019

The government's plan to rewrite the laws for class-A drugs are coming in for some criticism. National's Deputy Leader Paula Bennett says the bill is "defacto decriminalisation of all drug posession". Under the proposed law, people will not be prosecuted for possession unless it's in the public interest. A spokesperson for the Law Society who addressed the Health Select Committee yesterday, says he can't imagine any time when such a prosecution would be in the public interest. Chris Macklin works as a prosecution lawyer in Rotorua and is a member of the Law Society.