July 04, 2017
Maori more likely to be arrested for drug offences
A two day hui discussing drug policies is taking place at parliament House Wellington this week.
Principal Advisor to the New Zealand Drug Foundation Gilbert Taurua says it's an opportunity to debate current policy given Maori are more adversely affected by current legislation.
" We do have clear evidence, that Maori are impacted disproportionately more and we are more than likely to be arrested more than non-Maori and end up in the criminal justice system. We believe that close to 40% of our current prison population is in there for minor drug offences. This issue is impacting more on Maori than non-Maori. " says Gilbert Taurua.
He says overseas guests presenting at the two day hui will provide valuable insights into alternative ways of dealing with drug use.
But he emphasizes that any legislation that reduces Maori ending up in the criminal system must be taken on board.
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