Drug Law Reform Australia exists to raise awareness of the ongoing harm being done to our children, families, democratic institutions and society in general, by the current harm maximising drug laws.
The party maintains that drug use can be dangerous and that problematic drug use is a major health concern, however criminalising drug use does 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 smoked cannabis, instead of drinking alcohol?
What benefit can there be in isolating and alienating habitual drug users who would otherwise seek help to break the cycle of addiction?
We believe that these issues don’t get anywhere near the attention they deserve from our law makers because they’re unpalatable.