How to tackle Australia’s drug addiction: legalise and tax them
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[QUOTE]Australians love consuming illicit drugs. We enjoy smoking, inhaling and losing our minds. Figures released by the Bureau of Statistics in June found that we are spending more than $7bn a year on a cocktail of various substances. The “war on drugs”, applied haphazardly by law enforcement, costs us around $1.1bn annually, according to a [URL="http://www.smh.com.au/national/sellers-addiction-to-profits-driving-drugs-market-20130621-2oo9d.html"]drug policy modelling program[/URL] at the university of New South Wales. It’s an unmitigated disaster – one that benefits cartels and corrupt cops.
Do the maths. The state is spending billions of dollars every year imprisoning drug pushers and users, with private prison owners reaping the benefits. And yet, drug consumption is only increasing. Australia's culture of incarceration desperately lacks in [URL="http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/11/australia-rising-incarceration/print"]justice reinvestment[/URL] to support troubled individuals in our communities, which includes a large number of drug users.
Let’s get serious. Current policies bolster a dangerous cartel culture. The only way to tackle Australia’s addiction to drugs is to cautiously legalise and tax them – a move that simultaneously accepts that prohibition always fails, and gathers revenue to assist in rehabilitation for any negative health effects. This isn’t a utopian solution, guaranteed to end the black markets and stop all drug-related violence, sickness or diseases such as schizophrenia (which drugs [URL="http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Schizophrenia/Pages/Causes.aspx"]can increase the risk of developing[/URL]), but it's one we have yet to try.[/QUOTE]
you fucked that quote up son
Indeed, and when I went to correct it the post was blank in editor so I had to copy paste the whole thing.
Man that was a chore.
It wouldn't cause less people to become addicts in the first place though, but it would remove the fear of getting help, making more addicts seek out rehabilitation.
I will be watching this intently
[QUOTE=Fatfatfatty;41646554]It wouldn't cause less people to become addicts in the first place though, but it would remove the fear of getting help, making more addicts seek out rehabilitation.[/QUOTE]
Indeed and addiction is less of a problem in itself when it can be maintained safely and effectively with clean and uncontaminated product administered in the correct dosage using clean paraphernalia.
This is an opinion piece, I can't see the news here.
Aussie's love their drugs, they'll be no changing this
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