The NZ Govt. are recently saying that action needs to be taken on ‘The Gangs of Aotearoa’. I wrote an email to the Police Minister:
(Her Name) MP
kia ora (Minister)
I saw on parliament TV yesterday, that the Govt. is looking to try & resolve ‘the gang problem’. May I suggest, you take a radical shift away from, the standard response of ‘get tough, lock them up’ etc.
The main source of their income is supposedly illegal drugs (mostly cannabis ?). Maybe it was time that Aotearoa/NZ looked to changes occurring overseas; Australia, Canada, parts of EU & several states in USA. They are moving from the outdated, zero-tolerance approach, to decriminalisation & legal regulation (similar to Alcohol). License the drug cultivation & supply (R18) to registered manufacturers & TAX it. This would bolster the total revenue take, this could then be put back into Education, employment & other social services.
I read that in these other countries, use rates decline after they made changes & the ‘novelty wore off’. Prohibition actually creates the ‘mystique’ that attracts rebellious youth/people to drugs, not away. It is increasingly been seen that, as with Alcohol in 1920s USA (Al Capone etc.), prohibition creates black-markets, gangsters & corruption, that are the main issues around ‘the Gangs of Aotearoa’.
Alcohol prohibition in USA was repealed in 1933 as a total failure & replaced with ‘legal regulation’, that continues today.
There is an old saying ‘If you fail to learn from the mistakes of the past, you are doomed to repeat them’ & repeat them we have !
just my 10c worth
Citizen & Voter of NZ
Advocate for law reform 🙂
*so far no response.. I’m not holding my breath. I get the impression from today’s comments in parliament, that they do not intend to remove their blinkers & will just maintain this outdated status quo ?! 😦