The New Zealand Drug Foundation have analysed the  latest figures from the Ministry of Justice and they show New Zealand is still arresting, charging and convicting thousands of people every year for low-level drug-related offences.

Criminalising drug use does not work. As the New Zealand Drug Foundation state, “we need to start treating drug use as a health issue, not a criminal one. This will not only save money in the justice and prison system – it will allow those who are struggling with their drug use to get the help they need.”