NSW Labor MP Jo Haylen Blasts Ineffective And Dangerous Drug Laws In Barnstorming Speech

Debate around Australia’s approach to drug policy has been heating up for some time. Following a number of deaths at music festivals around the country over the summer, various state governments announced measures that doubled down on the ‘just say no’ approach that has typified government and law enforcement’s response to recreational drug usage for more than ten years. Festival-goers can expect to see heavier police and sniffer dog presences outside festivals and at transport hubs, with NSW Premier Mike Baird floating idea of banning festivals that don’t stump up to pay for the measures.

The only problem with this heavy-handed approach is that it doesn’t work. As a wealth of experience both in Australia and overseas shows, targeting recreational drug users with a War On Drugs-style response does little to stop drug usage, makes drugs like ecstasy more dangerous, and can actually increase the likelihood of

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NSW Labor MP Jo Haylen Blasts Ineffective And Dangerous Drug Laws In Barnstorming Speech

Debate around Australia’s approach to drug policy has been heating up for some time. Following a number of deaths at music festivals around the country over the summer, various state governments announced measures that doubled down on the ‘just say no’ approach that has typified government and law enforcement’s response to recreational drug usage for more than ten years. Festival-goers can expect to see heavier police and sniffer dog presences outside festivals and at transport hubs, with NSW Premier Mike Baird floating idea of banning festivals that don’t stump up to pay for the measures.

The only problem with this heavy-handed approach is that it doesn’t work. As a wealth of experience both in Australia and overseas shows, targeting recreational drug users with a War On Drugs-style response does little to stop drug usage, makes drugs like ecstasy more dangerous, and can actually increase the likelihood of

... read more at: http://junkee.com/nsw-labor-mp-jo-haylen-blasts-ineffective-and-dangerous-drug-laws-in-barnstorming-speech/73726

NSW Labor MP Jo Haylen Blasts Ineffective And Dangerous Drug Laws In Barnstorming Speech

Debate around Australia’s approach to drug policy has been heating up for some time. Following a number of deaths at music festivals around the country over the summer, various state governments announced measures that doubled down on the ‘just say no’ approach that has typified government and law enforcement’s response to recreational drug usage for more than ten years. Festival-goers can expect to see heavier police and sniffer dog presences outside festivals and at transport hubs, with NSW Premier Mike Baird floating idea of banning festivals that don’t stump up to pay for the measures.

The only problem with this heavy-handed approach is that it doesn’t work. As a wealth of experience both in Australia and overseas shows, targeting recreational drug users with a War On Drugs-style response does little to stop drug usage, makes drugs like ecstasy more dangerous, and can actually increase the likelihood of

... read more at: http://junkee.com/nsw-labor-mp-jo-haylen-blasts-ineffective-and-dangerous-drug-laws-in-barnstorming-speech/73726

NSW Labor MP Jo Haylen Blasts Ineffective And Dangerous Drug Laws In Barnstorming Speech

Debate around Australia’s approach to drug policy has been heating up for some time. Following a number of deaths at music festivals around the country over the summer, various state governments announced measures that doubled down on the ‘just say no’ approach that has typified government and law enforcement’s response to recreational drug usage for more than ten years. Festival-goers can expect to see heavier police and sniffer dog presences outside festivals and at transport hubs, with NSW Premier Mike Baird floating idea of banning festivals that don’t stump up to pay for the measures.

The only problem with this heavy-handed approach is that it doesn’t work. As a wealth of experience both in Australia and overseas shows, targeting recreational drug users with a War On Drugs-style response does little to stop drug usage, makes drugs like ecstasy more dangerous, and can actually increase the likelihood of

... read more at: http://junkee.com/nsw-labor-mp-jo-haylen-blasts-ineffective-and-dangerous-drug-laws-in-barnstorming-speech/73726