Cannabis is on display at Shango Premium Cannabis, in Portland, Oregon, Sept. 30, 2015.
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The trend toward marijuana legalization is growing, but the legality, or illegality, of cannabis at the federal level hasn't changed at all.
Decriminalisation removes criminal penalties for drug use or possession.
Some of the greatest harms from using illicit drugs are because they are illegal.
Drug checking would make music festivals safer.
Not only are our drug policies not working, we're falling behind the rest of the world and what evidence says is best to ensure we have fewer deaths from illicit drugs.
This has been one of the worst starts to the music festival season ever, in terms of harm from overdoses.
Testing drugs at music festivals not only means we can assess whether they contain anything unexpected, but it's an opportunity to try to change the behaviour of users.
Young people want better information about illicit drugs so they can make informed choices.
The death of 19-year-old Georgina Bartter at a music festival on the weekend from a suspected ecstasy overdose could possibly have been avoided with a simple harm-minimisation intervention. Pill testing…