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Drug use in New Zealand continues to be criminalised. 

The latest figures from the Ministry of Justice show New Zealand is still arresting, charging and convicting thousands of people every year for drug-related offences. Many of these are low-level offences.

Drug conviction rates are still far too high

Low-level drug offences make up the majority of drug convictions

We are criminalising young people

Māori are disproportionately criminalised

Criminalising drug use does not work

You can download the full Ministry of Justice response, including data table: 

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