BRANSON IN BID TO DECRIMINALISE PERSONAL DRUG USE
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. |