Back to top

[ Skip to main content ]

Has NZ’s drug law passed its use by date?

Cartoon of modern teenager watching Breaking Bad, with drug paraphernalia

A lot can happen in 40 years. The changes we’ve witnessed in Kiwi society are profound. As the spot the difference images below show, this extends to the place of drugs in daily life. Yet the Misuse of Drugs Act (1975) is essentially the same as the day it was passed. Some of the costs of the legislation not keeping up are shared in this special anniversary feature.

This special anniversary report was prepared by Andrew Zielinski, Cameron Price, Nathan Frost and Stephen Blyth.

Lots has changed in the last 40 years. Our drug law hasn't.

Share:

Related See more

Drug law change is a positive step

Drug Foundation applauds government on law change to allow Police discretion and health referral.

MoS july 2019 thumbnail garth mullins

Q&A: Garth Mullins

Crackdown is a new monthly drug and drug policy podcast from award-winning documentarian and long-time community organiser Garth Mullins. Ea...

MoS july 2019 thumbnail vote yes

Why we need to vote yes

Chloe Ann-King and Hannah McGowan argue that New Zealand should vote yes to cannabis, because it can help mitigate physical, mental and emot...

MoS july 2019 thumbnail drug checking

To test or not to test? That was the question …

Otago University Students Association chief executive Debbie Downs tells how she came around to the idea of introducing checking of recreati...

e substance newsletter promotional thumbnail

Subscribe to email updates

Get regular news, analysis and commentary on drugs issues in New Zealand. Free.

Sign up now!

DF WebAd DrugHelp 4

DrugHelp

Online support resource if you or someone you care about is struggling with drug use

Visit DrugHelp