Push to decriminalise ice use as bar backs public health approach

The model draws on the approach taken in Portugal, where personal drug use was decriminalised in 2001
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

australia police methThe personal use and possession of ice and other illicit drugs would be decriminalised in NSW under a public health-driven plan backed by the Bar Association and other top lawyers. In a submission to the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug Ice, which began public hearings across the state last month, the association says that criminalising personal drug use "may result in greater harm to the individual, and to society more broadly", than the harm caused by the use of illicit drugs. Under the Bar Association's plan, the production, trafficking and supply of illicit drugs including ice and other amphetamine-type stimulants would continue to be criminalised.