Alternatives to Prohibition

Over in our right-hand column you will find a link to the newly released Australia21 report Alternatives to Prohibition: Illicit drugs: How we can stop killing and criminalising young Australians. You will also find links to a number of other reports that highlight different approaches to drug laws around the world and the effect they have had. The release of such a widely publicised document on drug policy draws a considerable amount of attention and generates a tremendous amount of discussion. Here are a number of feature articles that have appeared over the last week: Drug use is an issue for society, not the criminal justice system by Richard Horton Dobbing mothers unite for drug reform by Lisa Pryor Drug prohibition: moving to Plan B by Alex Wodak Australia’s pointless and deadly drugs crackdown by Greg Barns A new approach to drug reform: regulated supply of cannabis and ecstasy by David Penington Leaders know they have stupid drug policies, but don’t have the guts to change them by Tory Shepherd Expert supports legalising drugs in The Northern...

Listen: Drug Law Wars

Is it time to rethink Australia’s drug policy? Join Dr Alex Wodak AM, Senior Specialist of St Vincent Hospital’s Alcohol and Drug Service and President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, as he discusses the ‘war on drugs’ with host Sally Warhaft. MP3: Drug Law Wars – Dr Alex Wodak & Sally...

Australians for Drug Law Reform

To coincide with a new report by the think tank Australia21 a group of prominent Australians including the Hon Bob Carr AC have today called for a change to Australia’s policy on illicit drugs. The full text of the report entitled The Prohibition of Illicit Drugs is Killing and Criminalising our Children and we are all Letting it Happen can found here. Please visit our page advocates of reform for a list of other high profile Australians who support drug law reform. Examples of drug law reform from around the globe can be viewed...

War on Drugs debate

Be sure to tune in: Misha Glenny Journalist and author of bestseller McMafia: Seriously Organised Crime Geoffrey Robertson QC Leading human rights lawyer VS Antonio Maria Costa Former Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Eliot Spitzer Former governor of New York, lawyer and political...