Research Links

Extremely Brief Marijuana History 101 - YouTube Documentary from Canada that traces the origins of Marijuana prohibition in the United States:

Website of the Drug Policy Modelling Program at the University of New South Wales – this is a fantastic source of research relating to drug law reform, specifically relating to Australia:

2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey Report (2011) Drugs Statistics Series No 25, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare – A comprehensive survey of the use of different types of drugs in Australia, covering tobacco, alcohol and all forms of illicit drugs:

International Drug Control Conventions & Related Instruments-  The current international legal regime dealing with illicit substances is governed by a number of treaties and related instruments. They are:

After the War on Drugs – Tools for the Debate – A report by Transform Drug Policy Foundation that comprehensively canvasses arguments for and against the prohibition of drugs:

A Comparison of the Cost-effectiveness of Prohibition and Regulation of Drugs (2009), by Transform Drug Policy Foundation:

After the War on Drugs – Options for Control - A 2006 Report from Transform Drug Policy Foundation that canvasses various options for decriminalizing drugs whilst retaining regulatory control:

After the War on Drugs – Blueprint for Regulation – A more in-depth policy document by Transform Drug Policy Foundation that details how a regulatory system for drugs might work:

Effective Drug Control: Toward A New Legal Framework State-Level Regulation as a Workable Alternative to the “War on Drugs” (2005) by the Seattle-based King County Bar Association Drug Policy Project:

What can We Learn from the Portugese Decriminalisation of Illicit Drugs? by Caitlin Elizabeth Hughes and Alex Stevens, (2010) 50 British Journal of Criminology 999-1022 :

The Effect of Drug Decriminalization in Portugal on Homicide and Drug Mortality Rates (2011), by Daniel Yablon, University of California, Berkley:

Royal Commision Into Non-Medical Use of Drugs, South Australia, Final Report (South Australian Government, Adelaide, 1979). Although the Royal Commission initially stated in it’s first Discussion paper entitled The Social Control of Drug Use, that "the criminal law, which has limited value as a deterrent and is difficult to enforce, should make an 'orderly withdrawal' from the field", the Final Report took a step back from that courageous position because “ such a proposal is too easily misunderstood and that the community is not ready for such reforms.” The reports are not online, but a review in the University of New South Wales Law Journal is available via HEIN ONLINE here: .  It is also available at many university and state libraries.

Legislative Options for Cannabis Use in Australia (1994) Australian Institute of Criminology, Monograph No. 26. A comprehensive report by that discusses the options for cannabis law reform:$File/ndsp7_7.pdf

Marijuana Australiana: Cannabis Use, Popular Culture, and the Americanisation of Drugs Policy in Australia 1938-1988 (2004) PhD Thesis by John Jiggens, Centre for Social Change Research, Queensland University of Technology:

Evaluating drug law enforcement interventions directed towards methamphetamine in Australia, (2009) by Alison Ritter, David Bright, Wendy Gong funded by the National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund, An Initiative of the National Drug Strategy:

"What can Australia learn from different approaches to drugs in Europe including especially Portugal, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden?” (2012) A Background Paper for an Australia21 Roundtable Melbourne, Friday 6th July 2012, by Dr Caitlin Hughes and Dr Alex Wodak:

Alternatives to Prohibition illicit drugs: How we can stop killing and criminalizing young Australians (2012) The Report of the second Australia21 Roundtable on Illicit Drugs held at The University of Melbourne on 6 July 2012. Authors Bob Douglas, Alex Wodak and David McDonald:






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