POLICY 15 DRUGS
There are many different kinds of drugs.
We can classify drugs into three categories:
- Pharmaceutical drugs
- Recreational drugs
- Addictive drugs
We believe the law must have a clear policy that recognises the different types of drugs and how they can be used.
CIRNow believes that the responsibility for drug use is on the person using the drug. Therefore, we should have the right to choose which drugs we wish to put into our bodies. The government has no right dictating what a person does with their own person, as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others or engdanger anyone.
We will encourage pharmaceutical companies to invest into research and development of new drugs to fight human and animal diseases.
We will encourage research into the properties of natural materials and ensure that forests and other resources are nurtured to protect them.
Government subsidies will be given to pharmaceutical companies to make specialised drugs available to the public to save lives and/or improve the quality of life of those afflicted with diseases.
The prohibition on cannabis for personal use has made criminals of ordinary citizens. It is counter productive. It can be argued that cannabis use is no better or worse than alcohol use, and indeed many would say that alcohol is much more dangerous than cannabis. Cannabis cultivation for personal use should be a personal matter. It must not become a commercial product like cigarette production, as that would lead to large scale profiteering.
CIRNow will propose a Bill legalising cannabis use for amounts up to five ounces. We will also make it legal for people to grow up to five plants for their own use.
We will also make it illegal for anyone to trade, traffic, or deal in cannabis quantities larger than five ounces.
Medicinal use will be legalized, and further research and development into cannabis properties for palliative care will be encouraged.
Hemp will be declassified as a drug, and commercial production will be legalized, as hemp is a valuable resource that will help Australia in many ways; it will help stop our dependence on foreign oil, provide material to make clothing, rope, and much more. Farmers will be able to grow hemp for commercial use.
Manufacturers of hemp products will be encouraged with subsidies and loans to go into commercial production.
We recognise some drugs that are highly addictive perform a necessary medicinal function. They must be tightly controlled and available only to qualified doctors who need them to treat patients. Pharmaceutical companies will be authorised to research and develop drugs based on controlled substances under suitable security.
We believe that dealers in highly addictive drugs are destroyers of a nation. Therefore they should be prosecuted as traitors and punished to the full extent of the law.
Addicted users will be provided with the drug of their choice by the state, and at the same time they will be encouraged to stop using drugs. The state will provide detoxification centers with specialised care and counseling to help addicts kick the habit. The state will also provide training facilities in trades or technical fields to help recovering addicts become functioning and productive members of society again.
Addicts who choose to continue using drugs will be quarantined in special camps. This will protect society from them and ensure that they are kept in a safe environment away from criminals who might take advantage of them.
We will introduce a legislative Bill to make drug trafficking a treasonous offence. Drug traffickers destroy the very fabric of our society, and therefore we believe they should face the most serious consequences.
Penalties for driving under the influence of drugs should be the same as those for driving under the influence of alcohol.
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