About 45 people are believed to have died in New Zealand as a result of the synthetic drugs crises since June 1, 2017. Meanwhile the government is trying to fight fire with fire by shifting one or two of the more obvious synthetic chemicals from Class C to Class A. But as history clearly shows Prohibition will always fail if the demand is there. In fact this clamping down on a couple of chemicals is nothing but a weak PR campaign. A token move to let voters think they are doing something.
So why is there even a demand for this poison? Why is nobody talking about the one and only single solution to this problem that is guaranteed to be effective? LEGALIZE NATURE.
If nature had not been made illegal in the first place to protect the markets of powerful vested interests, synthetic drugs would not be an issue in New Zealand. It's as simple as that, no ifs, no buts.
Nature already provides intoxicant users with an amazing collection of psychoactive plants that when used sensibly have proven themselves extremely safe over hundreds or in some cases even thousands of years of tribal use.
Cannabis, Coca, Kratom, Khat, Ephedra, the Opium Poppy, the Peyote Cactus and an assortment of Magic Mushrooms and DMT containing plants provide drug users with everything they could ever dream of and more. Who in their right mind would bother smoking synthetic cannabinoids or swallowing random cocktails of research chemicals if they had easy access to above assortment of psychoactive plants.
If we are to stop young New Zealander's from dying of synthetic drug over-doses legalizing the above plants is the only way forward that will have any effect whatsoever. These beneficial plants should never have been prohibited in the first place. Why not relegalize them now? They could easily be strictly regulated and sold under the psychoactive substances act from licensed vendors. They could be sold alongside clear usage instructions, in sensible dosage, with health warnings and combined with an effective drug education campaign. At the very least it must be made legal to grow and harvest these plants for personal use.
So why is this not happening? Who are the vested interests that are preventing this solution from even being debated? How many more young kiwi's need to die before the government opens its eyes? Why is no one talking about LEGALIZING NATURE?