BRAN­SON IN BID TO DECRIMINALISE PER­SONAL DRUG USE

Sunday Tribune - - WORLD - dpa ANA

BRI­TISH ty­coon Richard Bran­son launched a cam­paign in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, on Fri­day to decriminalise per­sonal drug use and treat the prob­lem of abuse as a health is­sue, rather than a crim­i­nal one.

The Fair Treat­ment cam­paign is led by the Unit­ing Church with sup­port from more than 60 or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the Law So­ci­ety and Pub­lic Health As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia.

The Vir­gin Air­lines boss said the so-called war on drugs had al­ready been lost. “If politi­cians had a child or a brother or sis­ter who had a drug prob­lem they would not want them locked up. They would want them to get the best treat­ment,” Bran­son said at the cam­paign launch, na­tional broad­caster ABC re­ported.

“When peo­ple are locked up they al­most al­ways go back to tak­ing drugs when they come out,” he said. |

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