This column is written by a frontline police officer. It does not represent the views or policies of the Police Association.
Burglaries, firearms, drugs... Not a day goes by without there being some form of news report on one of these subjects. More recently, cannabis seems to be on everyone’s lips, so to speak.
With high-profile New Zealanders being revealed as users of medicinal cannabis as part of palliative care, it has certainly brought the topic to the forefront of my mind. I have dealt with drugs on an almost daily basis in the course of the job, whether it’s seizing them or dealing with the aftereffects on users. But I often question why we prosecute people who have small quantities of cannabis on them (or other drugs, for that matter).
My view of cannabis, in particular, has changed dramatically over the years. Initially, I had a zero tolerance approach.