Apr 5, 2012

Converts and sceptics on road to reform

Support for alternatives to the US-backed, militarized drug war model has gone global. Here, an opinion article from the Sydney Morning Herald recounts the discussion, and support for alternative methods, in Australia.

The Sydney Morning Herald: "Michael Wooldridge, professor and former health minister, has fought and lost a battle to coax a prime minister to see the sense of decriminalising drugs.

It was Wooldridge who came close, but ultimately failed, to secure the approval of then prime minister John Howard for a prescribed heroin centre in Canberra.

So he was hardly shocked when Julia Gillard rejected the call by him and a score of other eminent citizens for a fresh debate about taking illicit drugs out of the grasp of criminals." read more

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