The punishment must fit the crime, even for drug users

Australia's exports could include its approach to drug possession
Gino Vumbaca
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The case of the Australian boy arrested on drug charges in Bali offers the opportunity to review our nation's own response to drug use, both here and abroad. While empathy for the boy's family is warranted and genuine, the case should also raise the question of what would happen to someone in Australia caught with a similar small amount of cannabis or other illicit drug.