Prohibition has failed

LETTER

Re: Lives destroyed out in real world, August 4 column.

Mr Bibby only further proves his ignorance by his attack on Martin Hanson, who is not only a retired school teacher but an author of science text books. Like most scientists, he is faithful to evidence-based knowledge.

Let’s stick to the facts on the cannabis issue. First, there is undeniable high use of cannabis in New Zealand, despite the fact it was made illegal decades ago. This proves prohibition does not work.

Second, people use drugs, including alcohol, because they want to feel better. Those who develop an abusive habit with any drug are often suffering with conditions that are making their lives difficult — people like those who know they will never own a home of their own and find that very depressing. Perhaps Mr Bibby simply lacks compassion for those having difficult times coping with the increasing disparity experienced in this country for the past nine years.

Cannabis expert Dr Davis Bearman says, “If someone is said to have a drug problem, remove the word ‘drug’ and there you will see the real issue”. Valid reasons for keeping a plant illegal that has caused no deaths and is not addictive are simply non-existent.

Mr Bibby also ignores the high use of cannabis for its unique and wide-ranging health benefits. Dr Antony Falcof, oncologist, states that up to 60 percent of New Zealand cancer patients are using cannabis because it is the only drug that can give them relief. Helen Kelly, Martin Crowe and other prominent New Zealanders went public with their use of cannabis and were not happy they had to become criminals in order to use this natural medicine.

Victoria Davis, Golden Bay

Re: Lives destroyed out in real world, August 4 column.

Mr Bibby only further proves his ignorance by his attack on Martin Hanson, who is not only a retired school teacher but an author of science text books. Like most scientists, he is faithful to evidence-based knowledge.

Let’s stick to the facts on the cannabis issue. First, there is undeniable high use of cannabis in New Zealand, despite the fact it was made illegal decades ago. This proves prohibition does not work.

Second, people use drugs, including alcohol, because they want to feel better. Those who develop an abusive habit with any drug are often suffering with conditions that are making their lives difficult — people like those who know they will never own a home of their own and find that very depressing. Perhaps Mr Bibby simply lacks compassion for those having difficult times coping with the increasing disparity experienced in this country for the past nine years.

Cannabis expert Dr Davis Bearman says, “If someone is said to have a drug problem, remove the word ‘drug’ and there you will see the real issue”. Valid reasons for keeping a plant illegal that has caused no deaths and is not addictive are simply non-existent.

Mr Bibby also ignores the high use of cannabis for its unique and wide-ranging health benefits. Dr Antony Falcof, oncologist, states that up to 60 percent of New Zealand cancer patients are using cannabis because it is the only drug that can give them relief. Helen Kelly, Martin Crowe and other prominent New Zealanders went public with their use of cannabis and were not happy they had to become criminals in order to use this natural medicine.

Victoria Davis, Golden Bay

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