NZ will see savings of $6-$13m in cannabis-related court and prison costs
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.”
Information was supplied in response to the New Zealand Drug Foundation’s Official Information request to the Ministry of Justice.