Civil liberty wins yet another milestone over in Greece where the use of all drugs will soon be decriminalised on the proviso that no one but the user is put in danger/harmed. This is a great step forward, and I really hope that Australia one day follow the lead of countries like The Netherlands, Portugal and Greece.
It’s simply a waste of tax payers money when people are apprehended and charged by the police for personal drug use, especially when they’re hurting no one else. Not to mention the amount of time and energy wasted by lawyers and judges in our courts each year processing people for simple possession or personal use.
What are we likely to see in Greece as a result? Exactly what both The Netherlands and Portugal saw after they decriminalised the use of all illicit drugs. After this occurred in these countries the use of ALL illicit drugs decreased drastically in all age groups. Below is an example:
So you want your kids to live in a safer environment? You want them to be less tempted to do illicit drugs? You want to prevent your tax payers dollars being wasted on people using these drugs responsibly, while taking money away from organised crime? You can achieve this, but the only way to do so is by firstly decriminalising drug use, and eventually legalising and regulating all drug use, coupled with proper education.