466Banderton: Putting the P in BZP
- Jul 1, 2007PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Banderton: Putting the P in BZP
"Bad lessons always have to be learned anew," says Dr. Richard Goode,
Libertarianz Drugs Spokesman. "And we're about to learn a bad lesson -
that prohibition doesn't work - yet again."
"When alcohol was banned in the United States in the 1930s," he
recounts, "organised crime stepped into the breach to meet the ongoing
demand. With the impending ban on BZP-based party pills, exactly the
same thing is set to happen here."
"The word on the street is that criminal gangs have been stockpiling
BZP in anticipation. They have developed their own range of party
pills to supply the market immediately the ban comes into effect. But
the new pills also contain unlabelled ingredients not found in today's
legal highs, such as methamphetamine, a drug which produces a euphoric
high 20 times more intense than BZP." Goode continues, "The same thing
happened in the US in the 1930s. During the prohibition years,
moonshine eclipsed beer. Prohibition encourages dealers to produce and
provide a stronger, more harmful product. This phenomenon is so well
recognised that it even has a name: the Iron Law of Prohibition."
"Jim Banderton is not mistaken in believing that drug abuse is a
scourge that is devastating our society. His mistake is failing to
recognize that the very measure he favours - prohibition - is a major
source of the evils he deplores."
"New Zealand has been put on stand-by for a dangerous increase in
drug-related crime. But the unintended consequences of Banderton's
proposed BZP ban will go far beyond this. Nothing is more destructive
of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing
laws which cannot be enforced."
"It's enough to make you vote Libertarianz!"
For more information contact:
Dr. Richard Goode
Libertarianz Spokesman on Drugs
Phone: 021 340 057
Libertarianz - More Freedom, Less Government