despite police discretion law change
Cannabis dominates drug offences in New Zealand and Māori are still over-represented, despite a 2019 law change giving police discretion over drug-related arrests.
A new report published by police canvasses changes to policing since the amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Act in 2019. It shows a significant increase in warnings, with a median of 221 prior to changes, to 537.
But cannabis - a drug 48.4 percent of Kiwis voted in favour of legalising in 2020 - is still the most common drug involved in personal drug possession and use offences, making up 58 percent, followed by methamphetamine at 37 percent.