Monday 3 April 2017
NSW has one of the harshest approaches to recreational cannabis use in the country at a time when laws across the world are being relaxed. Cannabis use in the community is much higher than other drugs, while its contribution to crime and poor health is very low. In Parliament, I called for an evidence-based approach to cannabis use that does not criminalise recreational users or squander police and court resources on a widespread activity that harms few people. My speech is HERE.
The independent think tank Australia21 proposes a national drug decriminalisation policy, with standard rules for personal use and possession, advertising restrictions and stringent controls on some drugs. Former premiers, police chiefs, prison officers, health and welfare workers, lawyers, drug users and their families have long been calling for drug law reform. Details HERE.