Evidence on the Portuguese decriminalisation of illicit drug use

I would encourage anyone who is interested in a balanced view of the Portuguese experience to read Caitlin Elizabeth Hughes & Alex Stevens latest paper. A full version of the article can be found here: PDF. It’s a good article, but there’s a point about Portugal that a lot of people seem to miss. Cue the Victoria Police: If you’re caught by police with drugs, you may end up with a criminal record. A drug conviction may also stop you getting a job, and you may not be able to travel to some overseas countries like the USA. In other words, if the drugs don’t hurt you a conviction will. The Victoria Police point out (quite rightly) that having criminal record is a harm in itself. This is where the Portuguese have it right, there is no sense in the use of criminal sanction to ruin someone’s career prospects or magnify the risks of using drugs. This is just one reason the ADLRF advocates for the urgent abolition of criminal sanctions for possession and other types of personal drug use. Please join or support our foundation...

Supply-Centric Drug Policy

The London School of Economics [LSE] have a new article on their website about the failure of ‘supply-centric’ drug policy. They argue that the Single Convention has remained intact because individual states continue to adhere to it rather than having the confidence to chart their own path. Read the full article...

How can we get the media to tell the truth about drugs?

Professor David Nutt recently delivered an interesting lecture at Oxford University which highlights the distortion and bias in media reports about drugs. This is an issue close to home. Watch the lecture here. David Nutt DM, FRCP, FRCPsych, FMedSci is Chair of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs, a Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology and Head of the Department of Neuropsychopharmacology and Molecular Imaging at Imperial College...

Branson: War on drugs a failure

Sir Richard Branson has made the observation that the ‘war on drugs’ has been a very costly failure. The Sydney Morning Herald has the story as well as audio commentary by Dr Marianne Jauncey from The Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC). The online polling shows overwhelming support for the decriminalisation of...

DEBATE: “All drugs should be legalised”

UPDATE: This debate can now be heard online: LISTEN HERE The post debate results are as follows: Pre-debate poll Post-debate poll For: 46.8% 69% Undecided: 32.3% 8% Against: 20.9% 23% ADLRF President Dr Alex Wodak will be speaking for the affirmative in a Sydney debate put on by IQ2 (St James Ethics Centre: Intelligence Squared) Topic for discussion: “All drugs should be legalised” Tuesday 10 May 2011; 1845 – 2030 hrs; at the City Recital Hall in Angel Place, Sydney City Speakers FOR are: Nicholas Cowdery QC, Wendy Harmer and Dr Alex Wodak AM; Speakers AGAINST are: Jade Lewis, Dr Greg Pike and Paul Sheehan; …with ample opportunity for questions and comments from the audience. Tickets $32/$22, details on www.iq2oz.com. It looks like being an important and entertaining evening. The ADLRF hopes very much to see you...