Australia lost the war on drugs.

Discussion in 'Marijuana Legalization' started by FacelessPotato, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. FOREIGN Minister Bob Carr has joined a group of prominent Australians, including former federal police chief Mick Palmer, in a campaign to overturn the ‘‘war on drugs’’ policies promoted by former prime minister John Howard.

    The campaign will be launched today with a report declaring: ‘‘The war on drugs has failed ... The prohibition of illicit drugs is killing and criminalising our children and we are letting it happen.’’

    The campaign, to be launched by former NSW director of public prosecutions Nicholas Cowdery, QC, has attracted high-profile backers including former WA premier Geoff Gallop, former Defence Department chief Paul Barratt, former federal Liberal health ministers Michael Wooldridge and Peter Baume, and drug addiction expert Alex Wodak.

    Senator Carr, who agreed to join the campaign before being drafted into federal cabinet earlier this year, questioned in his contribution to the report whether the pursuit of marijuana users was the best use of police time.

    ‘‘An issue that worried me while I was in NSW politics was the police hitting railway stations with sniffer dogs,’’ Senator Carr wrote. ‘‘It was marijuana that was the focus.’’

    He said this was a victimless crime and he would have preferred police ‘‘to do things like make public transport safe and clean up Cabramatta’’.

    A spokesman for Senator Carr last night reaffirmed his support for drug law reform, but said that as a federal minister now he would be supporting government policy in this area.

    The report was written by population health expert Bob Douglas and social research consultant David McDonald for think tank Australia21.

    Its call for a fundamental rethink of drug policies and ‘‘an end to the tough-on-drugs approach’’ follows a declaration last year by the Global Commission on Drug Policy that the war on drugs had failed, ‘‘with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world’’.

    Dr Wooldridge, who as health minister supported a heroin trial in the ACT, which was blocked by Mr Howard, says in the new report: ‘‘The key message is that we have 40years of experience of a law-and-order approach to drugs and it has failed.’’

    Mr Cowdery, a long-time advocate of drug law reform, said the prohibition of drug use created social and health problems, as well as a ‘‘proliferation of crime ... and an increase in the corruption of law enforcement’’.

    He said he strongly favoured legalising and regulating all drugs. ‘‘A first step towards such a regime could be decriminalisation, similar to the approach adopted 10 years ago in Portugal, or an adaptation of that approach,’’ Mr Cowdery said. ‘‘The key as I see it, is to try to reduce substantially the profit potentially able to be made by criminal activity in the drug trade and the only way to do that, as I see it, ultimately is to legalise, regulate, control and tax all drugs.’’

    Mr Cowdery said MPs were reluctant to reopen the debate for fear of political consequences. ‘‘That’s why I think we need to have the discussion in the community and why we need as a consequence of the discussion to demonstrate to the politicians that there is a significant proportion of people that want something better.’’

    About 15 per cent of Australians used illicit drugs in 2009, according to the latest statistics published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. But the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy reported last year that fewer people were using illegal drugs compared with the 22 per cent in 1998.


    Thoughts?
     
  2. Just heard about it on morning show. First step they should legalize cannabis and tax it.
    Once they see the success rest will follow up. Easy tax
     
  3. [quote name='"Deligonca"']Just heard about it on morning show. First step they should legalize cannabis and tax it.
    Once they see the success rest will follow up. Easy tax[/quote]

    Exactly, it's about time they start to realize the war on drugs never has and never will work.
     
  4. I've been saying this for a while, we have the highest consumption of marijuana per person or some such, why not legalize it? Give me a MMJ card!!!
     
  5. [quote name='"kgeorge"']I've been saying this for a while, we have the highest consumption of marijuana per person or some such, why not legalize it? Give me a MMJ card!!![/quote]

    Everyone does it, an there is no way they can stop everyone from doing drugs, it's just not possible, and now there are numerous studies showing how good it can be for you, I hope this passes, it will be a happy day that i will personally make my own public holiday.:cool: :smoke:
     
  6. Gillard has no spine, Abbott will never do it.
     
  7. [quote name='"holdzy89"']Gillard has no spine, Abbott will never do it.[/quote]

    3rd party has my vote!
     
  8. I still think meth is very damaging to ones health.

    But instead of jailing em, show them the health effects, it makes you nasty looking!
     
  9. Australia, the place to be ;)
     
  10. Gillard certainly doesnt have spine for it but i reckon Abbott might consider the revenue
    he ll be makin.Small but sure steps :)
     
  11. Mates i also have quick question .
    Has anyone here dealt with bonzaseeds.com ? I am a first time wannabe grower and i've
    ordered 3 seeds only just to see waters a.
    Been stupid enough to use my real name cc and adress i was stoned as and it just happened.
    But i did ask for ultra stealth or whatever option it was.
    Ordered and paid last friday 30/3/12 will let youz know how it goes.
    I will also start a journal with my nikon d90 pics once i got my beanz. i ordered 1 new kush feminized for its high yield (not that i know for sure just going by their site) 1 blueberry femnzd and 1 auto lowryder.
    Hope i'll get em i'm so sick about running after dealers just cant enjoy my blunt anymore so i said what the hack i'm growin myself a.
     
  12. yeah i know the feeling, but i dont think i would chance ordering seeds, definitely not from overseas...customs and all.

    We just need some MMJ over here for fuck sake. That is the first step.
     
  13. mistake done . now i am getting paranoid
    I actually had about 50 bagseeds that was sitting in the kitchen cabinet for years (almost 7-8 years) tried to germ them but no success. i used paper towel ziplock bag method. even the ones cracked had a sick not viable look as in top of the white bit inside the shell was brown .
    hope ill get my beanz safely will let youz know
     
  14. Does australia have a petition or anything going? Is there any way the Australian public can influence how this ends up? I would really like to get involved and help make this plant legal finally.
     
  15. Foreign minister Mr. Carr is all up for it but he has to follow goverments policy . So as they say. One day mj will be legal here and we will take over holland big time.Bcuz if it becomes legal then everyone can enjoy it by the beautiful beaches of ours instead of hollands mudy canals
     
  16. [quote name='"Deligonca"']Foreign minister Mr. Carr is all up for it but he has to follow goverments policy . So as they say. One day mj will be legal here and we will take over holland big time.Bcuz if it becomes legal then everyone can enjoy it by the beautiful beaches of ours instead of hollands mudy canals[/quote]

    Paradise. Just chilling at an Aussie coffee shop then going for a swim at the beach. :cool:
     
  17. It's not as if we aren't already smoking it, and a lot of it apparently, so tax it, and legalise it!
     
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