Upcoming webinar: What Do We Mean By 'Decriminalisation' or 'Legalisation' of Drugs? A Call For Consistency

Drug law reform is occurring rapidly across the globe and locally. Twenty-three nations have decriminalised the and use of controlled drugs by law, and countless others have implemented 'defacto' regimes to minimise interactions between people who use drugs and the criminal justice system. We have also seen the legalisation of some previously substances, most commonly the legalisation of cannabis under various models across eleven countries.

However, there is a lack of consistency in the use of terms such as 'decriminalisation' and 'legalisation'. Decriminalisation regimes implemented globally can vary dramatically on the basis of what actions are decriminalised, whether punitive consequences remain following interactions with police and whether there are clear pathways to health and social services. Legalisation has also recently taken on a variety of different meanings with the rise of 'homegrow' cannabis legalisation models (such as in the ACT), which stands in contrast to the retail models implemented across the United States and Canada.

This Cracks in the Ice webinar will be held on Friday March 15th 2024 at 12pm-1pm (AEDT) and will provide attendees with information about: 

  • Different models of drug decriminalisation and legalisation implemented across the world.
  • How key features of each model provide widely divergent outcomes for people who use drugs.
  • How an understanding of different models should inform law reform advocacy efforts locally.

This information will be relevant to health workers, people who use drugs and the general Australian community.

This webinar will be presented by Jarryd Bartle, an Associate Lecturer within Criminology and Justice Studies at RMIT University. A former criminal lawyer and drug policy consultant, Jarryd specialises in legal issues relating to illicit drugs and sexuality, including the limits of consent under the criminal law.

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