No jail for addicts
People caught with illicit drugs such as methamphetamine and ecstasy for personal use will be redirected to health care rather than the justice system under a Greens policy announced last week.
Federal Greens leader Richard Di Natale announced a harm-reduction strategy for drugs which will include the decriminalisation of personal possession of illicit drugs.
Greens Upper House candidate Alison Xamon said although having tough penalties for drug users was politically popular, evidence showed it did not work. “One of the big concerns we have is that the criminalisation of drugs regime for personal use prevents people from accessing support and assistance when they feel that they need it,” she said.
“You need to make sure you’re removing any barriers to people seeking support.”