Australian Lawyers Alliance: drug policy reform in Australia

  • Greg Barns, National Criminal Justice Spokesperson for the Australian Lawyers Alliance, calls for evidence-led cannabis policy reform.
  • An urgently needed change in attitude towards drugs in Australia could have huge health advantages and assist the many people who would benefit immediately from legal, less expensive and more readily available access to cannabis that is subject to quality control.
  • The war on drugs’ policy of the last 50 years has not decreased the amount of people using drugs; instead it has allowed criminal syndicates to flourish, and huge numbers of people to suffer as a result.
  • The cost, the regulatory burdens and the outdated approaches of some medical practitioners means that these families are often forced to source illegal, black market cannabis, which then puts them at risk of serious criminal charges.

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