Victoria needs to get smarter on drugs.
Thousands of Victorians smoke cannabis each year.
For 50 years, Victorians – especially marginalised communities – have been more at risk from the policing response, than the drugs we take.
Shifting to a health-based approach accepts the reality that many people in our community use drugs. It’s the first essential step to reducing drug harm.
The Greens' plan for drugs includes:
- Decriminalise personal drug use – directing people who use drugs to health services for help, not prison for harm.
- Legalise, tax and regulate cannabis to turn people away from the black market, because prohibition causes more harm than good.
- Mobile pill testing services at live music events and at a fixed site, linking to a state-wide public drug early-warning system.
- Provide 200 new permanent detox and drug rehab beds.
- Expand and fund Opioid Replacement Therapy to treat addiction.
- Fund education, prevention and awareness activities.
Independent costing of the Greens Health led approach to drug use shows we will be able to save $1.46 billion over 10 years by legalising and regulating cannabis, and decriminalising drug use.
That’s a huge new investment we can make in health, education and harm reduction.
Find out more about the Victorian Greens Plan in The Guardian.