Senior police officers in NSW are making the case for decriminalising drug use and possession. But they’re not alone — across Australia and internationally there’s a growing realisation that the traditional approach to drug policy isn’t working.
The alternative that is increasingly being suggested is one that is less punitive, and emphasises treatment.
Guests for this discussion are:
- Joao Goulao – National Coordinator for Drugs and Drug Addiction in Portugal.
- Alex Stevens – Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Kent in the UK and co-author of The effects of the decriminalization of drug use in Portugal discussion paper.
- Caitlin Hughes – Associate professor of Criminology and Drug Policy at Flinders University and the other co-author of the discussion paper on The effects of the decriminalization of drug use in Portugal.
- Kate Seear – Associate professor of Law at Monash University.
Listen to the segment here.