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Byron Shire
April 15, 2021

Drugs and that war

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I think you missed my point, Marc Salmon (Letters, August 7). I will never support anyone encouraging young people to go and try pure heroin or MDMA because they say it is safe, as was claimed by the editor in a previous Echo editorial.

I’m not sure why you’ve thrown the Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP) at me… I don’t disagree with anything said here. However, the GCDP advocating for the decriminalisation of drug use would not then make drug use lawful. It would still be an offence… with a monetary penalty.

I do believe the ongoing debate on drug usage will change our drug laws in time… just like the debate on same-sex marriage changed the law in 2017 and the current debate on assisted dying is changing Australian law state by state.

I acknowledge we still have a way to go before the laws on drug usage change. If my grandchildren ask me one day why my generation was so restrictive (for the lack of a better word), I will say ‘because we couldn’t evolve fast enough!’

Until then, I will not support young people ingesting something that cannot be accurately verified or engaging in any activity that puts them at an unacceptable risk of harm, lawful or otherwise.

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