Community Scoop » Reimagining Justice: Decriminalise Cannabis, Decolonise Aotearoa

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Opinion – Florencia Restivo

Aotearoa’s criminal justice system preys on the vulnerable and sustains the powerful. I was recently asked a pretty tough question: what is the most important issue in the criminal justice system?. And for every issue that came to my mind, there …

Aotearoa’s criminal justice system preys on the vulnerable and sustains the powerful.

I was recently asked a pretty tough question: “what is the most important issue in the criminal justice system?”. And for every issue that came to my mind, there was a common thread which interwove these spaces: the overrepresentation of Indigenous people in prisons. Something I will draw on in the following paragraphs is the criminalisation of cannabis use and how this, too, ties in with decolonising the criminal justice system.

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