I'll just quote the website since it sums up what this is all about:
In June 2011 a prestigious Global Commission Drug Policy that included the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan and a number of former heads of state and experts on drug policy stated that the 40 year “War on Drugs” has failed with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world.
The commission urged all countries to examine this important policy issue anew.
Accordingly, in September 2011 Australia 21 appointed a steering group that included a number of Australian experts on illicit drug policy. Their task was to work towards an Australian review of the policy of prohibition instigated in 1953, which would also explore what might be involved in moving to a different approach to illicit drugs in Australia.
The group recommended a high level exploratory roundtable on the topic “What are the likely costs and benefits of a change in Australia’ s current policy on illicit drugs?”.
Link to the article:
A link to the discussion paper:
Of interest is the appendix of the paper, which states their recommendations. One of the recommendations states:
Encourage experimentation by governments with models of legal regulation of drugs
(with cannabis for example) that are designed to undermine the power of organised
crime and safeguard the health and security of their citizens.
Is Australia finally going to get sensible about their stance on illicit substances?