About Drug Law Reform Australia

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. 


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  • commented 2017-09-20 17:06:35 +1000
    if the law is changed then less people will do hard drugs and medically improved drugs as in over the counter medications combined with a script drug heated in a hot oven and moisture added to produce a more illegal substances with a higher concentrate then recommended of codeine fort a high
  • commented 2017-09-20 13:58:03 +1000
    I have just come out the otherside of 30 years of substance use and have seen first hand the harm inflicted upon individuals and our society by the egregious prohibition of drugs. I will work actively towards the abrogation of these laws and the controlled sale of these items in a safe licenced retail environment. I am interested in our future and making our country a better place to live for all and the repealing of these laws is one way to do this. Graham Davis.
  • commented 2017-03-31 22:45:00 +1100
    I agree with your views.I have a problem with Alziheimers. If any drug is available I will support it. Fran x
  • commented 2017-03-28 15:47:11 +1100
    Hi Anthony,
    I too understand your comments are well intended but I think you have missed the point. In fact how do you know that certain groups do not have an agenda or goal to destroy the culture/society of a so called social democratic society like Australia? Throughout history drugs have been used to pacify and control the masses. Take a look at the British and their part in the Opium Wars in China. The Chinese at the time stated that opium was destroying their society and wanted the British to trade silver rather than opium for their much loved tea. What did the British do, they stole the tea plant and took it to Ceylon and India. Swires and Jardin the “Morning Star” captains were one of the first drug traffickers, although quite legal at the time. I am afraid you might be a little naive Anthony to say that no one actually has an agenda, does ISIS not have an agenda to destroy the Western Capitalistic world and anyone who does not kow tow to their extremist dogma. Some of the cartels in South America have stated that their goal was to bring down America by destroying the health and well being of their citizen. Its a tactic which is part of an agenda but aren’t we just nit picking here.

    We have a problem and we need to find solutions. Decriminalising Drugs would be a logical solution to helping the end users whose lives and in many cases families destroyed by drugs such as ICE and Heroin. Who profits the importers and the top end dealers but if we decriminalise the drugs these top end dealers would be put out of business. The Government can tax the drugs like they do with gambling addictions, cigarettes and Alcohol and then money can be channelled back into facilities and resources that could assist families and addicts, not into the coffers of the underworld or extremist groups with Agendas and goals.

    When the Government de-institutionalised mental Health they really just fobbed the problem back onto the community who aren’t trained to deal with these forms of mental health. Why because they had calculated that these facilities would become more and more expensive to run. These programmes were “Dead weight Lose” to there budgets. But down the track some ways we see that it is costing everyone way too much and its getting worse. A lot of people with severe, high up on the spectrum mental health issues such as schizophrenia self medicate in the community and their favourite drug are Cannabis and Heroin because they kill the pain and it quietens the mind and body unlike ICE which does quite the opposite. This is a health issue. Why does this so called “lucky country” have so many homeless people. Mental health is on the rise and we have no capacity to deal with it, these people just go onto the streets. Crime has increased at a rapid rate so why build more prisons why not create facilities that can assist people to have a better quality of life. Perhaps because the Government doesn’t want a solution but you can bet in terms of developed countries Australia is not the lucky country anymore we certainly are not as happy as the Norwegians.
  • commented 2017-03-27 23:11:29 +1100
    Annette Rillstone commented “The point here is that people who don’t use drugs make large amounts of money on the sale of drugs and it would seem to me they also have another agenda, the destruction of our social fabric and the lives of our youth.”

    Hi Annette; I understand your comments are well intended “but the destruction of our social fabric and the lives of our youth” is not their “agenda” at all.

    An “agenda” implies that this is their goal, but its not.

    Their agenda is the huge profits to be made by exploiting the laws and enforcement in place that make these substances more valuable than gold! Great motivation.

    The fact that “the destruction of our social fabric and the lives of our youth” occurs is a by-product they just don’t care about. Sociopaths with unconscionable behavior is a way more accurate way to describe them.

    The greatest problem are those in power who created and maintain this living hell. The dealers never forget to thank the lawmakers and drug laws in their prayers every night for their win-fall.
  • commented 2017-03-27 12:16:23 +1100
    Another study from the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California has also found that tetrahydrocannabinol and other compounds found in marijuana may reduce the amount of beta amyloid in the brain. Beta amyloid is a hallmark characteristic of Alzheimer’s and is commonly thought to cause the neurodegenerative disease.
    While the findings are preliminary, researchers are optimistic about their findings. David Schubert, professor at the Salk Institute and senior author on the study says, “Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, we believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells.”
    In the study, researchers found that by exposing beta amyloid proteins to THC, it reduced the levels of beta amyloid, stopped the inflammatory response from the nerve cells caused by beta amyloid and allowed the nerve sells to survive. Antonio Currais, a postdoctoral researcher and first author on the paper noted:

    There is a lot of research going regarding Alzheimer’s/dementia and in fact there has been for years, especially in ageing societies like Japan. I have recently heard about a new drug that is working so well patients are improving their quality of life as they are able to play the piano or musical instruments again.

    Although its hard to see a loved one die from a disease that was not self inflicted like substance abuse, it’s not really relevant when it comes to the decriminalisation of recreational drugs. The point here is that people who don’t use drugs make large amounts of money on the sale of drugs and it would seem to me they also have another agenda, the destruction of our social fabric and the lives of our youth. I am sceptical when it comes to the big pharmaceuticals as they are not that much different from the underworld that deal in large quantities of drugs like ICE or heroin. Look at what happened with Methadone, the Government hands it out but its not a cure, it’s a substitute and the only ones to really benefit are the Pharmaceutical companies that make it and a Government who kid themselves about it’s effectiveness. The Government taxes cigarettes and Alcohol and the income is large. Air is essential to life and I am sure that one day they will be taxing the air we breath if there is any fresh air to breath.
  • commented 2017-03-27 04:38:40 +1100
    My husband has Alziheimers at 65 & has Alziemers for 5 years. I do not care with what drug will help Alziheimers as long as it slows the process down.Research people should be ashamed of themelves to doing research to find a solution for healthy people to live longer. How disscusting not to help those sick people for my husband at full blown Alziheimers at 65.
    This disease is growing big time.
    Fran
  • commented 2016-12-19 09:59:06 +1100
    the product needs to be legalised for use in australia by all australians that can make this choice for them selves
    it can be used for medical use on cancer and emphysema patients as wll as having many other uses it can reduce the hard drug issue related to nerve medications if medically treated and pharmacies are allowed to transform the plant matter into a usable substance for all persons
    it can be used to reduce the tax threshold and reduce the crime rate of many homes especially legalised will reduce the cost to many persons consuming the product
    and the best item of all it shall reduce the cost to tax payers with the police needing to take out drug raids in t he areas where it is produced
    lets role u[p and satte our wishes as free australians
  • commented 2016-11-26 23:38:30 +1100
    Cannabis is the oldest plant on earth it premordial its a medicine if used correctly I would hate to see the multicorporate drug companies get a hold of it just as the bikies have an turn it was into a commodity where drugs and guns go together because of the pursuit of money we should bevable to grow it in our vegie gardens I won’t to see it legalised so isn’t attractive to stand over gangsters they have taken pot away from hippies and given it bad karma you can’t buy pot easily these days unless you want to deal with nasties especially as a woman
  • commented 2016-09-22 10:24:16 +1000
    HIGH ON LIFE is a social campaign promoting the safe use of recreational drugs and alcohol consumptions in Australia.

    We understand that Australia has a binge-drinkng and drug taking cultural problem spurred on by Australia’s current drug and alcohol laws that are dated and do more harm then good.

    We are campaigning for education on the safe use of drugs and promoting for a change in Australian youths attitudes towards binge drinking.

    There is a clear generational problem between the individuals who take drugs and attend events and the people in power who make the laws.
    We want the general public to start talking abut the problem, which will lead to more understanding and EFFECTIVE solutions.

    Help us promote a safer drug and alcohol consumption environment and lets open the conversation to make SUCCESSFUL AND EFFECTIVE DEVELOPMENTS

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    JP
  • commented 2016-09-11 09:14:11 +1000
    Many states of the USA have decriminalised cannabis and post event reviews have been positive. Not only has the economy of these states improved dramatically but so has their society. Resources wasted on unnecessary law enforcement is freed up. The insanity of the US led prohibition has brought about much damage to our society. Slowly we chip away at reactionary policies which are driven by conservative fear campaigns.
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  • commented 2016-06-30 11:44:25 +1000
    Drug prohibition, criminalization, etc. Where do I start with commenting on this insanity – I will keep it short as its actually a book worth of info

    Oh yes a case study –
    1920’s alcohol prohibition war USA. One of the greatest war crimes against the American people to that date- perpetuated by their “elected” representatives. Check it out – it

    Those hypocrites can spin as much BS as they like about our safety and the fabric of society but they can’t hide the blindingly obvious I.E. There are massive corporations that own and direct the government and medical industry. They run the AMA – not the doctors.

    The only reason drugs are really kept illegal is simple – to make them more valuable than gold – in more ways than one .

    1) All that illegal drug money (and there is A LOT!!) has to be laundered – through casinos – which pay HUGE state tax = state revenue = the Golden Hen.

    2) Pharmaceutical companies have a huge vested interest in ensuring that drugs and medicines you can freely grow and use to treat a vast number of medical conditions stay illegal and therefore unavailable – unless they control production and distribution.

    3) Money and assets from drug seizures is significant, and offsets the ridiculous money spent on this “drug war”. Law bodies use these busts to get more government funding for their efforts, and in turn the correctional system holds its hand for funding to accommodate the influx of victims they are paid to further victimise.

    4) Corruption is alive and well – and Oh so lucrative. Icing on the cake! – Cake is much tastier with Icing.

    So there you have it.
    Illegal drugs are a problem because of Criminal elements in control of this industry- NOT because of the substance.

    They sell Ice because it is the ideal business model. Cheap and easy to make, has a great street price, and it is SO habit forming – Eldorado – a license to print money – courtesy of the government !

    If Ice is worthless however – no one will be interested in aggressively pushing it into society as a money mining mechanism – problem managed.

    If ALL drugs were controlled by government and virtually FREE then they are and made virtually worthless. The current businesses involved in these substances will lose all motivation to continue business in this arena and find something more worthwhile.

    Anyway tell all your friends to get behind this in election 2016 and lets END THIS WAR and free its victims US !

    Thanks I will pray this insanity changes this year and we get some peace. You get my vote
  • commented 2016-06-27 11:45:21 +1000
    You got my vote. 👍
  • commented 2016-06-08 20:47:34 +1000
    I’ve only just discovered the Drug Law Reform Australia Party today and want to say a big “thank you” to Greg Chipp for starting this party.

    I’ve always intuitively felt that prohibition has caused more problems than it’s resolved and the more I’ve researched it, the more my intuition has been validated.

    My biggest concerns with prohibition:

    -it treats people with addictions as low-life criminals rather than acknowledging them as human beings suffering with a health problem that are in need of compassion and support, which makes recovery far less attainable for them and increases their chances of dealing drugs themselves to get by.

    -all drugs carry an element of risk so it’s vital that they are regulated to make them as safe for the communities as possible.

    -whilst drugs are illegal, they create a black market and criminal gangs that control the supplies, which are ever evolving to be more and more violent so that they can maintain control of the supply.

    -whilst drugs are in the hands of violent, criminal gangs, the drug supplies will continue to become more potent, more dangerous (i.e. unknown compounds) and more readily available to children and young people, as well as other vulnerable groups of people in society (e.g. the homeless).

    -these violent gangs grow into such large and well resourced organised crime operations that they become way too influential over other legitimate systems in our societies. This opens up the potential for corruption at every corner.

    -prohibition started for flawed and racist political reasons. There were many misconceptions about drugs themselves at the time when prohibition began.

    -the money being spent on this unachievable goal of eradicating drugs could be better spent on recovery or other welfare issues (e.g investing more in the already under-resourced hospitals).

    -the police time being spent on fighting the drug war could be better spent on other problematic areas of society (e.g. domestic violence).

    -prohibition is the controversial idea, not drug decriminalisation and legalisation, as prohibition leads to a dangerous and harmful world that creates cycles of despair and destruction. Decriminalisation and legalisation of drugs would lead to a less violent and more predictable life with better health outcomes.

    I’m a social worker by day, but it’s my life’s mission to see an end to prohibition and I’m willing to do whatever it takes for our politicians to see reason in why it’s so important for us to end prohibition as soon as possible.

    Thanks again for starting the Drug Law Reform Australia Party. I look forward to hearing from more from like-minded people.

    Mike
  • commented 2016-05-21 08:47:06 +1000
    I love the free Cannabis campaign. Good Luck and I reckon you guys will get elected.
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