Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: One big day at the drug symposium

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  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Russell Brown,

    There is, in some respects, a de facto decriminalisation going on, and has been for about a decade – largely because of a much broader use of avenues like pre-charge warnings, so people are arrested, but not eventually charged. Sometimes.

    And this is where my views on drug policy have *cough* evolved a lot over a long time, because we really need to write a brutally frank reality check on who tends to get the benefit of the doubt and who gets their lives blown apart under de facto decriminalisation. Trump's America isn't the only place where The War on Drugs looks a lot more like a War on Poor and Brown People.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12352 posts Report Reply

  • Dee, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Gee that's never happened in a Listener editorial before. Haha.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2017 • 1 posts Report Reply

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