Kiwis swap weed for P and E
Wed, 14 Sep 2011 11:08a.m.
While methamphetamine use has declined notably in New Zealand in recent years, it still has one of the highest amphetamine-type drug use rates in the world, a UN report says.
The report by the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) also warns that organised criminal groups will continue to target New Zealand to export and distribute methamphetamine and pseudoephedrine-based medicines from East and Southeast Asia, especially China.
But it adds that there has been a decline in cannabis use in New Zealand among young people, which was put down to a growing awareness of the health risks related to smoking, and a preference for new stimulant drugs such as amphetamine and ecstasy.
The report, released this week, says Vietnamese criminal gangs are set to play an increasing role in the indoor cultivation of cannabis that will increase the supply and availability of higher potency cannabis in New Zealand.
Australia and New Zealand, as well as much of Asia, are now targeted by drugs traffickers from southern Africa and Iran, who are mainly dealing in methamphetamines.
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29/09/2011 9:29:51 p.m.
There is a suggestion that when cannabis went indoors, those growing had more control over the plants and ended up pushing the THC content so high that the plant couldn't produce enough of the balancing anti-psychotic CBD, as well as other cannabanoids. They did this for the same reason that bootleggers during alcohol prohibition in the US went for spirits rather than beer. This is not an argument for prohibition as this situation is an unintended effect of prohibition. This is an argument for control and regulation.
15/09/2011 10:53:13 a.m.
This is more fuel for the argument that we need to replace drug prohibition with drug regulation. Regulation equals control; after all we don't find 'Vietnamese criminal gangs' producing black market wines or spirits and selling them in NZ now, do we? After the election, our next Government will have a real chance to overhaul and modernize our drug laws based on the Law Commission's recommendations - let's hope that reason and evidence prevail.
14/09/2011 7:18:03 p.m.
I'm with Neil. I don't know a single person who had admitting using P (and I know few who aren't too shy about admitting other things and would talk about using P if they had anything to say).
Let's not forget the role workplace drug testing has played in this. Do you want to smoke a little weed in the weekend and have your boss test you Monday morning and find out about it? Ecstasy and meth don't linger as long in the body. Use in the weekend, test OK Monday. Workplaces are hardly encouraging soft drug use if that's how it works.
14/09/2011 7:14:44 p.m.
its all the prohibitionists wanting to hype up the problem so we throw more money at it. the fact that the article outlines that "Vietnamese criminal gangs are set to play an increasing role in the indoor cultivation of cannabis that will increase the supply and availability of higher potency cannabis in New Zealand" shows a lack of understanding of new zealand. Its already awash with it, vietnamese gangs wont make it any more likely that high schoolers will be able to get it. the blackmarket is already at critical mass. But NZ should focus on the real problem.... ALCOHOL!!!
14/09/2011 5:28:25 p.m.
"Vietnamese criminal gangs are set to play an increasing role in the indoor cultivation of cannabis that will increase the supply and availability of higher potency cannabis in New Zealand. "
Oh no people are going to start dieing left and right from more potent cannabis!!!.
This hardly anything to fear, all it means is people will be able to smoke less of it to get the same buzz, as for the increased strength no one has ever over dosed on weed ever, its pointless making a big deal out of it.
Id be more worried about what extra things these gangs might put in it rather than the weed itself.
Neil, same it doesn't seem that prevalent in nz but then again our street prostitutes probably know more about that scene and where to get it.
14/09/2011 2:39:14 p.m.
Come on Neil you have no right to criticise a UN report. They are above god and know what is best for us even if we dont agree or like it, you should just believe. Ask Helen.
14/09/2011 11:26:39 a.m.
"it still has one of the highest amphetamine-type drug use rates in the world, a UN report says". Are they kidding? I've never seen nor spoken to anyone who knows anyone who's touched the stuff - where are they all?
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