In February this year, Labor backbencher Michael Pettersson introduced a private members bill to remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of some illicit drugs in the Australian Capital Territory.
This might seem like a radical step to some, but researchers and health professionals have been calling for this reform for some time.
Most Australians support decriminalization and a less punitive approach to drug use.
The bill is currently before a parliamentary committee that will look at the evidence and submissions from professionals, people who use drugs and the general public, and will report back in October this year.
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