John Roughan (Opinion, May 7) implies that there will be less crime with an open market for drugs.
Evidently, this is mistaken - we have more than 300 alcohol-related offences per day in New Zealand, in an overly commercialised environment.
The "puritans" he refers to acknowledge that drugs are not ordinary commodities, and need to be treated accordingly.
After careful consideration of overseas and local evidence, the NZ Drug foundation has recommended light regulation as the least harmful of potential legal situations, which range from prohibition to no regulation at all.
There are harms with legalisation, but the evidence points