Amendment to Drug Wording

Proposer
OliverJackson1
State

Accepted

Vote Score

2

Age

1660 days


OliverJackson1

@OliverJackson1 - over 4 years ago

Amendment from Legalisation to Decriminalisation. Then a few more words on what we'd do and the desired outcome.

War on Drugs

We will end the unwinnable war on drugs. Recreational drug use will be legalised under a program of regulation.

We will end the unwinnable war on drugs. Recreational drug use will be decriminalised under a program of regulation. We aim to implement a drug tax on recreational drugs that can be purchased and use the proceeds to enhance rehabilitation services and safe needle exchange. Any fines for improper use (such as use in a public environment) will also go towards this. We hope to see a marked decrease in the number of overdoses, drug-related homelessness, crime, HIV contractions and drug related poverty.

Police

philipjohn

@philipjohn - over 4 years ago

I like this. One issue: it's not clear what "fines for improper use" means. Do you envisage there being roll is about where drugs can be used, and if so, what do those look like?

OliverJackson1

@OliverJackson1 - over 4 years ago

@philipjohn, yeah, fines would be given for a number of usage breeches. This is the method being used in Portugal and is proving very effective. Essentially, you develop clear user spots (shops, clinics etc) and then use pejorative measures to limit usage in public places such as parks. Its that subtle difference between legalisation and managed decriminalisation.

Obviously, the level of managament is different depending on the drug in question. Does that clarify?

philipjohn

@philipjohn - over 4 years ago

It does, thanks! I'm wondering how we can get that succinctly into the Manifesto so that others will get the idea first time. Not sure... need some thought.

Floppy

@Floppy - over 4 years ago

👍 from me and can edit later for clarity.

Incidentally, that sort of method is presumably the same for alcohol, tobacco, etc now? We have fines for "improper use" in public places, right?

philipjohn

@philipjohn - over 4 years ago

👍 to reflect my earlier support