Drug Law Reform Party
Drug Law Reform Australia exists to raise awareness of the ongoing harm being done to our young people, families, democratic institutions and society in general, by the current harm-maximising drug laws. Young Australians in particular are disproportionately affected by our drug laws, and therefore have most to gain by helping our party make the decriminalisation of drugs, and in particular cannabis, an election issue in 2016.
Drug use, be it the use of legal drugs such as alcohol or illegal ones such as cannabis, ecstasy and speed, plays a big part in the every-day lifestyle of young Australians. While drug use can be dangerous and problematic drug use is a major health concern, criminalising drug use does more harm than good, as it drives otherwise law-abiding Australians into the criminal underworld, and prevents the full range of health services being made available to problematic users.
According to the 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey Report, published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the 2013-14 Illicit Drug Data Report by the Australian Crime Commission:
- 20 % of all 18 to 30 year olds had used cannabis recently;
- 10% of all 18 to 30 year olds had used ecstasy recently; and
- 112,049 Australians were arrested for drug offences in 2013.
Hundreds of thousands of young Australians have criminal records only because of their use of drugs, which will adversely affect them for their entire lives – this is unjust and needs to change!
Drug Law Reform Australia calls on young Australians in particular to make their voice heard by voting for us in the upcoming 2016 Federal Election.