This week on Banter, Tim and the panel are exchanging their views on whether they believe our drug laws are working or not.

With the estimated annual social cost of illicit drug related harm being $1.8 million NZD, and a very public discussion currently happening around the legalisation of cannabis, this topic has bubbling towards the surface for a while.

Tim's joined this week by:

Richie Hardcore:

With a fighting career spanning more than 20 years, former Muay Thai boxer Richie Hardcore has now turned his sights on fighting for social change.

Utilising his growing social media presence, Richie is now working within the community to combat the effects of drugs and alcohol, as well as speaking out against domestic abuse and violence. If anyone is qualified to talk about the effects of drugs & alcohol on our communities, it's Richie.

1 News Reporter and Q + A co-host Jessica Mutch

Jessica Mutch:

1 News Reporter and co-presenter of Q + A, Jessica Mutch joins this week's panel.

With a strong background in covering politics Mutch sees her role as being vital in confronting those in the driver's seat of our country and opening up discussion around the policies that impact the way we live. 

What will Jessica have to say around New Zealand's drug policies?

Jamaine Ross:

2014 Billy T Award nominee Jamaine Ross also joins the panel this week.

Jamaine's career sprung forward after he took out the Raw Comedy Quest in 2012. Since then he has appeared on and written for several of New Zealand's top comedy shows, as well as opening for musical-comedy heavyweights Tenacious D on their New Zealand tour in 2013. This dude is nothing short of laidback, smart and funny.

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