Drugs: Should some be decriminalised?

JOANNE MCCARTHY

Professor Vaughan Carr

 

In April a group of prominent Australians including Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr, former NSW director of public prosecutions Nicholas Cowdery, former West Australian premier Geoff Gallop and former federal police commissioner Mick Palmer released a report saying the ‘‘war on drugs’’ had failed, and calling for a fundamental rethink of drug policies and the ‘‘tough on drugs’’ approach.

The Australian Policy on Illicit Drugs report follows the release last June of a Global Commission on Drug Policy War on Drugs report, headed by former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan, which concluded the 40-year ‘‘war on drugs’’ had failed with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world.

 

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