Majority relaxed about cannabis use

Australians have for many years now shown a very humane approach when it comes to the personal use of illicit drugs
21 May 2012
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More than half of Australians support reduced legal penalties for use of drugs such as cannabis and ecstasy, an analysis of a federal government survey shows. The findings contrast with the Herald/Nielsen poll released after the recent report of the think tank Australia 21 – urging to reopen the national debate on drug use, regulation and control – which showed that two-thirds of people opposed decriminalisation. But that is explained by the different way the poll questions were structured, said Alison Ritter, who heads a drug policy modelling program at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of NSW.

The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Tuesday, May 22, 2012