Drug Law Reform Australia exists to raise awareness of the ongoing harm being done to our young people, families, democratic institutions and Australian society in general, by the current harm maximising drug laws.
We recognise that drug use can be dangerous and that problematic drug use is a health concern, however, criminalising drug users causes more harm than good.
For better or for worse
The fact is drugs are part of Australian life. Millions of Australians drink alcohol regularly, for better or worse. Millions of Australians smoke cigarettes, for better or worse. Millions of Australians have been prescribed anti-depressants just to get through the day, for better or worse. Even our children are being prescribed Ritalin and other drugs to modify their ‘anti-social’ behaviour, for better or worse.
Whatever the reason, why is it that some drugs are regulated, controlled, taxed and freely available to those over 18 years of age, and some aren’t?
Drug prohibition criminalises ordinary Australians
Why is it that more than 2 million Australians are technically criminals because they smoke cannabis, instead of drinking alcohol?
Why is it OK that some drugs are legal, regulated, controlled, taxed and available to those over 18 years of age and yet others are made illegal and the people that use them criminals?
At Drug Law Reform Australia, we believe that these vitally important issues don't get anywhere near the attention they deserve from our lawmakers.
Our aim is to reinvigorate the drug policy debate and put drug law reform back on the political agenda.