President’s Annual Report 2013

The year of 2013 has seen much discussion on drug law reform issues and the failure of prohibition. This has occurred in the USA, some European countries, South America and even New Zealand. In these countries changes in laws and policies are slowly happening but the issue has not received much coverage here in Australia and certainly with no changes in laws or policies. It is disappointing that politicians, the media and organisations are not seeing drug law reform as a priority as far as reducing harm and costs are concerned. In 2012, due to the efforts of Australia21 there was a lot of media on the issue and influential people spoke out about the failure of prohibition but unfortunately this has not resulted in action that has carried over to 2013.
In April 2015 it will be the 20th anniversary of Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform and 2014 could be spent preparing a 20 year report on the organisation and preparing for a special event to mark the occasion.

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