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2009 Through the maze: healthy drug law, international drug policy symposium

1 Mar 2009
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Feb 18, 2009

International Drug Policy Symposium 2009 - Through the Maze: Healthy drug law

Location: Wellington
Organiser: NZ Drug Foundation and The New Zealand Society on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NSAD)

The Through the Maze: Healthy Drug Law symposium was held in Wellington to discuss a number of drug-related local issues, including the review of New Zealand’s 1975 Misuse of Drugs Act by the independent Law Commission.

This symposium was run as a precursor to a March 2009 meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna where the direction of global drug policy for the next 10 years was due to be set.

Joint organisers of the event were the the Drug Foundation and the New Zealand Society on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NSAD).

A recording of each session is available. Go to the playlist on YouTube or start watching below.


Here is the programme outline with links to presentations:

Mihi Whakatau/Welcome

Roundtable: Setting the scene
  • Sandeep Chawla, Director, Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Mike Trace, Chairperson, International Drug Policy Consortium
  • Warren Young, Deputy President, New Zealand Law Commission
    The challenges of reviewing drug laws (PDF .4Mb)
  • Rob Pope, Deputy Commissioner, New Zealand Police

Public health approaches to drug control

The right to health and treatment

Special session on cannabis

Drug law, health inequalities and discrimination

Balancing public health and public security
  • Gino Vumbaca, Executive Officer, Australian National Council on Drugs
  • Greg O'Connor, President, New Zealand Police Association
  • Mike Trace, Chairperson, International Drug Policy Consortium


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