DECRIMINALISATION OF DRUG USE AND POSSESSION IN AUSTRALIA

March 4, 2016

DECRIMINALISATION OF DRUG USE AND POSSESSION IN AUSTRALIA

The Drug Policy Monitoring Project at the University of New South Wales has published "Decriminalisation of drug use and possession in Australia: A briefing note."  The briefing note contains an overview of research into decriminalisation of substance use and possession from both Australia and overseas.  The researchers found evidence that decriminalisation of drug use reduces to costs to society (particularly criminal justice system costs), reduces costs to individuals, does not increase drug use, does not increase other crime, but may in some circumstances increase the numbers of people in contact with the criminal justice system.  The briefing paper provides examples of the ways that Australia has implemented decriminalisation schemes in some areas for particular substances.

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