We believe that:
Prohibition of drugs has been a complete failure, and has caused more problems than it has solved.
Drug misuse is a health issue and should not be treated as a criminal issue.
Legislation should not be based in moral absolutes, but should draw on evidence to inform both law and policy.
There are many more people using drugs responsibly than there are people misusing them.
Individuals should be free to choose to use a mind-altering substance if they so wish. What happens in a person’s mind is not a government responsibility.
People who use drugs as part of a normal, successful lifestyle are forced to hide their drug use because declaring themselves risks the loss of that lifestyle. This potential loss has nothing to do with the drug use, and everything to do with the criminalisation of drug use.
Stories of people who use drugs and have no problems do not get publicised, leading to an assumption by the non-drug-using public that drugs cause problems for the majority of users.
While the harms related to drug misuse are well documented, there is little focus on the benefits of drug use.
We would like to:
Provide a voice for people who use drugs as part of a normal, successful lifestlye, to talk rationally about their drug use:
- What responsible drug use looks like.
- How drug use has affected their life.
- How the criminalisation of their drug use has affected them.
- How they think the drugs debate should be approached.