The prospect of regulating the sale of party drug MDMA has been thrust into the spotlight this week, stirring robust debate on how New Zealand approaches drug legislation.
The media have reported widely on comments from emergency doctor Paul Quigley, who said that regulating the sale of pure MDMA would be safer than allow people to continue taking illegal street pills containing unknown and dangerous new drugs.
Examples of the extensive coverage include:
3 News: Key not swallowing ecstasy claims
MSN NZ News: Minister opposes legalisation of ecstasy
Stuff.co.nz: John Key unconvinced by emergency doctor’s call to legalise MDMA
Yahoo New Zealand: Key and Dunne oppose legalising ecstasy
RadioLIVE; Controversial call on drug statistically safer than alcohol
The Wireless: Wellington doctor wants MDMA legalised
Radio Hauraki: Wellington Doctor Calls For Legalisation Of Pure Ecstasy
RadioLIVE: Pure ecstasy safer than alcohol and legalisation should be considered
Otago Daily Times: Call to legalise ecstasy
Radio New Zealand: Should New Zealand legalise MDMA?
Newstalk ZB: Doctor wants Ecstasy legalised
New Zealand Herald: Doctor: Legalisation of pure MDMA should be considered