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Drugs could soon be decriminalised in the ACT. Here's why that would be a positive step

By Nicole Lee, Professor at the National Drug Research Institute (Melbourne), Curtin University
Jarryd Bartle, Sessional Lecturer, RMIT University
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In February this year, Labor backbencher Michael Pettersson introduced a private members bill to remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of some illicit drugs in the Australian Capital Territory.

This might seem like a radical step to some, but researchers and health professionals have been calling for this reform for some time.

Most Australians support decriminalisation…

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