Policy and Pot: Decriminalising and Regulating Drug Use


Portugal’s experiment over the past decade or so with drug decriminalization has proven false the feared phenomenon of so-called “drug tourism.” Portugal, a favoured holiday destination with its sunshine, beaches and cheap package holidays, has seen a decrease, not an increase in the use cannabis and heroin. Hordes of glassy-eyed backpackers have not overrun the Algarve, despite much initial anxiety: http://www.economist.com/node/14309861?story_id=14309861.

A visiting international drug reformist believes that Australia would follow a similar path if drug use was decriminalized here. World expert in drug policy, Dr Ethan A. Nadelmann will discuss Portugal’s real-life case study in his talk for The Centre for Independent Studies on 2 December. Dr Nadelmann will take questions from the floor and offer an open discussion on this stigmatized subject that all too often encourages moralizing rather than compassion and commonsense.

Dr Nadelmann is widely regarding as the point-man for drug policy reform efforts in the United States. With a PhD in political science from Harvard and a Masters in international relations from the London School of Economics, Dr Nadelmann is the author of Policing the Globe and Cops Across Borders: The Internationalization of US Criminal Law Enforcement. He is Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, America’s leading drug policy reform organization, and has written for various publications including Rolling Stone, Foreign Policy, and National Review .

Dr Nadelmann spoke to The 7:30 Report’s Tracey Bowden: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/