Monday, May 23, 2011

New Zealand Law Commission Report on Drug Use

Earlier this month, the Law Commission of New Zealand released its report on Controlling and Regulating Drugs – A Review of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.

Key proposals include:
  • A mandatory cautioning scheme for all personal possession and use offences that come to the attention of the police, removing minor drug offenders from the criminal justice system and providing greater opportunities for those in need of treatment to access it
  • A full scale review of the current drug classification system which is used to determine restrictiveness of controls and severity of penalties, addressing existing inconsistencies and focusing solely on assessing a drug’s risk of harm, including social harm
  • Making separate funding available for the treatment of offenders through the justice sector to support courts when they impose rehabilitative sentences to address alcohol and drug dependence problems
  • Consideration of a pilot drug court, allowing the government to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of deferring sentencing of some offenders until they had undergone court-imposed alcohol and/or drug treatment

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 2:56 pm


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