Story high­lights hypocrisy

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The front-page ar­ti­cle in last week’s Chron­i­cle epitomises the rea­son why drug con­trol in this coun­try is such a mon­u­men­tal fail­ure.

Pol­icy has been driven by prej­u­dice and pro­pa­ganda, rather than fact and re­al­ity.

How on earth can you con­demn the sale of le­gal highs when a few weeks ago the Chron­i­cle ran an ar­ti­cle on the growth of drug sales at the Green Dragon at Hob­biton? Isn’t this a tourist at­trac­tion? And isn’t al­co­hol a recre­ational or min­dal­ter­ing drug?

Don’t people from all over the world come here to buy, and use, drugs in the premises of some of the busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers?

And doesn’t the drug they use fea­ture in the po­lice file ev­ery week with as­saults, fires, car crashes, abuse and the like?

The drug that is sold by bars, restaurants, sports clubs and bot­tle stores leaves bro­ken glass and vomit in our streets with anti-so­cial be­hav­iour that fright­ens tourists and lo­cals from our town.

Per­son­ally, I couldn’t care less about le­gal highs, but I trea­sure the sac­ri­fice made so we could live in a demo­cratic and free so­ci­ety.

The afore­men­tioned ar­ti­cle reeks of dic­ta­tor­ship and hypocrisy! be­cause of pro­longed sub­stance abuse, be it al­co­hol and/or drug-based.

This not only has on­go­ing and dam­ag­ing so­cial reper­cus­sions but also re­sults in a huge cost to our health sys­tem, yet our lo­cal towns have even more liquor out­lets and now we have the sale of so called ‘‘le­gal highs’’ to con­tend with. When will com­mon sense pre­vail?

Oh, I for­got, com­mon sense died a long time ago.

When will our govern­ment have the courage to deal with the re­al­ity of al­co­hol and drug abuse in New Zealand in­stead of pass­ing the buck to lo­cal coun­cils? Oh, I for­got, they make a great deal of tax from the sale of al­co­hol, in­clud­ing the ev­er­pop­u­lar al­copops — and let’s not for­get those ‘‘le­gal highs.’’

When it comes down to it it’s all about mak­ing money. It re­ally has noth­ing to do with res­i­dents hav­ing a choice about the sale of al­co­hol or ‘‘le­gal highs’’ in their com­mu­ni­ties – it’s a fait ac­com­pli.

How­ever, we all have a voice and a right to ex­er­cise our point of view. If you feel strongly about the le­gal-highs is­sue and you didn’t make a sub­mis­sion you can still write to the coun­cil with your views or lobby your MP or write to the Min­is­ters of Jus­tice or Health about the is­sue.

All set: Over the years the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle J Swap Tower Run has be­come a stand­out event on the town’s cal­en­dar and one that is al­ways gen­er­ously sup­ported with spot prizes from lo­cal businesses. San­dra Hunter will be out and about round­ing up prizes in the week leading up to the run and any con­tri­bu­tions would be grate­fully re­ceived. The Tower Run will take place on Fri­day, March 7 and en­trants can reg­is­ter now at the Chron­i­cle of­fice on Broad­way.

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