Reducing harm, ‘systemic racism’ and overseas comparisons: The experts on legalising cannabis

Illegal cannabis has led to a cascade of health and social harms that could potentially be addressed through legalisation, an expert panel has found - but whether that would transpire is unknown.

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The panel, led by the Prime Minister’s chief science advisor Juliet Gerrard, released its work this morning to help inform the public debate in the lead up to the referendum in September. The work has been peer-reviewed nationally and internationally.

The illegal status of cannabis is meant to deter its use, but the panel says this isn’t working because most Kiwis have used it, 15 per cent of New Zealanders have used it in the past year – increasing to 29 per cent for those aged 15 to 24 – and a third of those who use it do so at least once a week.

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