How the Drug Foundation has slowly shifted the goalposts (as per The Plan)…

By October 2, 2019 Recent News

We’ve always argued that the real agenda in the drug debate is a global commodity market for all drugs – i.e. creating a drug-friendly culture. And that the strategy has been well known – first medicinal, then decriminalisation, then legalisation, then legalise all drugs. This has been the strategy of groups like NORML and the Drug Policy Alliance since day one

“The key to it [legalising marijuana for recreational use] is to have 100s of thousands of people using it ‘medically’ under medical supervision, the whole scam is going to be blown. Once there is medical access and we do what we continually have to do, and we will, then we will get full legalisation.”

Richard Cowen, former Director of NORML (National Organisation for Reform of Marijuana Laws), 1993

“The best answer is to move slowly but firmly to dismantle the edifice of enforcement. Start with the possession and sale of cannabis and amphetamines, and experiment with different strategies. Move on to hard drugs, sold through licensed outlets.”

Ethan Nadelmann – Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) The Economist (July 26, 2001)

This has now been taken up by the Global Commission on Drug Policy – of which former PM Helen Clark is a member. It has a flawed approach to drug use in our society, and is more focused on the rights of individuals to live in a drug-friendly society than it is in the welfare, safety and health of the community. The GCDP wants to legalise all drug use, and wants policies based on ‘human rights’ and which remove the ‘stigmatisation’ and ‘marginalisation’ of people who use drugs.

If you want to see the gradual progression of this master plan, look no further than the messaging of the Drug Policy Alliance’s ally in New Zealand – the taxpayer-funded Drug Foundation.

Here’s the timeline:


“Let’s be clear on this,” said Mr Bell. “This is not a backdoor for decriminalisation of cannabis, these are entirely separate issues. We are only interested in providing a compassionate form of pain relief for thousands of New Zealanders.”

Drug Foundation backs medical cannabisDrug Foundation Media Release (2006)


“Mr Bell dismissed as ridiculous a newspaper report that the symposium has a secret agenda of pushing for drug legalisation… We’re quite open about our agenda which is to promote health-based drug policy and law, and not to create a Trojan Horse for decriminalisation.”

Drug policy symposium an unprecedented eventDrug Foundation Media Release (2009)

“The Government cannot shy away from this report. It is not a manifesto for the decriminalisation or legalisation of drugs, as some might suggest. Nor does it accept that the status quo should be maintained.” (Responding to the Law Commission’s recommendations for reforming the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975)

Review drags drug law into 21st Century – Drug Foundation Media Release (2011)


Decriminalisation does not mean a free-for-all and it does not mean that we’re soft on drugs, it means that we’re facing up to the problem and tackling it head on… A health focus has been proven to work overseas. Thirty countries have decriminalised, 17 US states have decriminalised…” Mr Bell said the debate around cannabis, decriminalisation and its health effects, needed to continue.

NZ ready for healthy drug law – Drug Foundation Media Release (2013)

Do you support decriminalisation of the possession of a small amount of cannabis, or do you feel the law should stay as it is? [Note: no questions around legalisation]

Drug Foundation Survey – Nov 2013

(Interestingly, the media statement referenced above says that only 46.4% of New Zealanders aged 16–64 have used cannabis at least once in their lifetime – similar to NZIER research. All the pro-drug groups now keep quoting 80%, which seems to suit their narrative better. Wonder why? (rhetorical question)


Our model drug law proposes:
Removing criminal penalties for the possession, use and social supply of all drugs
Developing a strictly regulated cannabis market

Drug Foundation – July 2017

This of course includes advising drug users (including students) how to use meth ‘discreetly’ and ‘safely’ and synthetic cannabis, and drug testing (not of employees to ensure they’re not a health and safety risk at work, but for party goers so they can take drugs at musical festivals.)

Ironically, in 2011, the Drug Foundation said in their media release that they wanted:

– introduction of a Police cautioning scheme for low level offending, such as simple possession, combined with diversion to health information and addiction treatment services

– balancing law enforcement and health activities, requiring greater investment into harm prevention, education, and addiction treatment services.

…but not decriminalisation or legalisation. Exactly what we have been asking for!

You have been warned. The writing is on the wall. It’s all part of a global plan to normalise drugs.

Don’t buy it.

Vote NO.

Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • Janette says:

    Marijuana cannabis is really bad never never never ever use these drugs I’ve witnessed violence mind it alters the mind and reasoning a man young 17year old son was warned he took it and died in a car crash it alters the mind it caused me talk illnesses depression laughter suicide my friend took it regularly now no to drugs.Do u want to ruin your life future.It caused pycihosis schrenzoohrenia excuse the spelling and makes you tired breathing problems and dependency to buy it do u want to waste your life be wise don’t be persuaded by peer pressure say no.say no to drugs please stand firm you make the decisions.

  • Lynda says:

    Both this issue and the Abortion legislation issue remind me so much of how Hitler introduced his scheme of killing the Jews. It started with some careful rhetoric (marketing) until ‘good’ German people came around to the idea that maybe Jews were not helpful to their society, then getting them out of business because they were taking money that should go to white German people and so on and so on, until the general population were open to Jews being rounded up and put in ghettos. It was a short step to interning them in camps and then killing them. The general population would have been horrified if this scheme had been brought out into the open right at the beginning, but it is clever marketing and promotion of an idea until it seems perfectly sensible. Of course, many Germans remained very opposed to it and it was dangerous to oppose Hitler, but I can see the similarities. Keep it in the news, market it, slowly change the goalposts and eventually good people have heard enough about it to think it sounds OK.

  • Diane says:

    My son was exposed to cannabis by a classmate when he was 14yrs. He went to the other boy’s home to work on a science project their teacher had paired them to work on together over several weeks. When the other boy was observed with some dried leaf at school he handed it off to my son asking him to look after it. This handover was also observed and both boys were suspended for a long period. Fast forward. My son is 35 and has experienced numerous mental health issues, commencing the year after exposure. Drug use has ruined his life.

  • Tony says:

    Rob Bell, Chloe Swarbrick and the present government are handing over to the next far right government the perfect scapegoat in drug users. The moguls who run this global industry can buy themselves out of trouble, but otherwise have never shown the scantest interest in rescuing those with serious disabling dependencies from the rat infested garbage heaps of LA or Mumbai.

  • David Page says:

    During the course of a conversation with a person working in our street, it came around that he was about to begin work on the Northern Motorway Extension. (2 yrs ago). He related that he had been given a good position with responsibility. It then came round that there were many many applicants for the job, including working with all types of machinery.
    He was picked because he was drug free and had not used drugs of any kind. Of the majority of the applicants, most were or still are on a drug of some kind or other. There were very few Kiwi’s suitable for the position that would pass the Health and Safety requirements to be using complex equipment when working around other personnell, and also be responsible for themselves. The company was having to look overseas and to the islands for people that would be suitable.
    This is a sad state of affairs for this country if we can find no-one who would be 100% responsible for such interesting work with the potential for continued work in the future; especially if we are going to have ‘freedom’ to use whatever drug we wish and not have a concern for the health and safety of all others around us!

  • Tony says:

    I do not mean to be disrespectful about these places, perhaps I should simply have said that drug dependency and the severest forms of poverty are often aligned and that to exploit this kind of dependency is naturally criminal.

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