Drugs – Australian Sex Party Victorian Policy
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Written by ASP Staff
Decriminalisation of all drugs for personal use
- Decriminalisation of all drugs for personal use
- Infractions to be treated in an administrative framework outside the criminal justice system
- Immediate cessation of the use of drug sniffer dogs in public places
- Legalise the prescription of heroin to registered and habitual users
- Legalise and regulate cannabis for specific medical use
- Fund community overdose prevention initiatives, such as supervised injecting facilities
- Subsidise high quality drug testing kits available in pharmacies, at age-restricted premises and through needle and syringe programs
The Australian Sex Party recognises that attempts to regulate and prevent drug use through a criminal frame work have been unsuccessful. We advocate for a new approach to drugs, which will replace a criminal framework with a community health and administrative response.
Abolition of criminal penalties in a decriminalised framework has proven successful in Portugal, and their model should be influential in developing a new response in Australia.
Pursuant to this, the Australian Sex Party will advocate for:
- Decriminalisation, not legalisation, of purchase, possession and consumption of all drugs for personal use, such quantity to be defined as an amount equal to or less than 14 day’s supply for one person
- Infractions to be treated in an administrative framework, outside the criminal justice system and with a focus on public health outcomes
- Trafficking and dealing in drugs remains an offence
Legalise the prescription of heroin to registered and habitual users
- Supply of drugs to a minor remains an offence
Addiction is a health issue, with heroin use associated with mental and physical illness.
Individuals suffering from substance addiction will be able to register as such, and receive a prescription to receive heroin. Appropriate health services will accompany this process to provide support to individuals for their health concerns.
Legalise and regulate cannabis for specific medical use
Marijuana and cannabis products have been identified as a desirable treatment option for a variety of medical purposes.
The Australian Sex Party supports the use of cannabis for medical purposes when expert opinion deems it appropriate.
Community harm minimisation
The Australian Sex Party advocates for a mature approach to minimise the public health concerns of drug use. This includes the funding of overdose prevention initiatives, such as injecting facilities where appropriate support can be offered when things go wrong.
To protect drug users, high quality drug testing kits will be available through appropriate avenues, including in pharmacies, at age-restricted premises and through needle and syringe programs. These kits will enable users to make informed choices about the quality of drugs that they are consuming and kits will minimise adverse effects.