A report was presented, which highlighted the issue of criminalization of illegal drugs. The recommendation by prominent Australians has been supported by the Australian Medical Association, Victoria.
The report suggests that all those aged 16 and above and ready to register themselves with a national confidential user's register, cannabis and ecstasy should be decriminalized for them. Further, they will be able to buy the drug in the market from chemists or other approved suppliers.
The report, made by Australia21, a non-profit organization, asserted that bans imposed have not been beneficial in the case, as still such illegal drugs are manufactured and are available and criminal elements have an easy access to such things. Moreover, there are no quality checks or safety assurance.
The Victorian AMA President, Stephen Parnis, said "Drugs policy should be based on evidence. We cannot allow prejudice to drive drugs policy in this country. It is really important that we keep looking at the evidence on this issue".
Further, he affirmed that we need to consider aspects, which are best to tackle such problem, leaving a drastic impact on the society.
The report has tried to emphasize that the drug problem should be tackled by imposing tax and also including strict rules, thus making it hard for growers and sellers to attain the drug and easy to lost their licenses.
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