There is no evidence that punishment can serve as deterrent.
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Criminalising suicide directs resources towards punishment which has no significant deterrent effect.
A major review on sex work laws has just been handed to the Victorian government.
The UN warns sex workers face increased discrimination under COVID-19. In Australia, they have been an ‘afterthought’ in the country’s pandemic response.
The drug trade is the main source of income for gangs in Cape Town.
At present South Africa is simply placing a potentially dangerous market into the hands of criminal syndicates and international traffickers.
The change in leadership is one of the factors that led to the decriminalisation of homosexual relationships in Angola.
Angola’s new President João Lourenço has shown some willingness to engage in more inclusive politics.
Rastafarians celebrate after the South African Constitutional Court ruled that the personal use of marijuana is now legal.
The legalisation of the private use of cannabis in South Africa is a victory for human rights. But, much more work needs to be done to make it practical.
A man celebrates the landmark marijuana ruling.
The Constitutional Court judgment is to be applauded for doing away with the assumption that marijuana use by adults in private is always wrong.
Contrary to popular belief, sex workers were more likely than not to report that their work enhanced their wellbeing.
The study shows the negative effects of sex work’s criminalisation, including a reluctance of workers to go to police and clients using it as an excuse to abuse workers.
Thousands of South Africans are calling for the legalisation of marijuana.
If South Africa’s argument in court is that marijuana causes harm, it deserves to lose. The real question it should ask is whether criminal prohibition is the effective way forward.
Young people using the infamous ‘nyaope’ drug in Johannesburg.
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Portugal won the war on drugs by giving up. What lessons can South Africa learn from their approach?
How should we deal with this?
Most of our drugs policies have failed to curb use or reduce their impact on individuals or society. It’s time for a more enlightened and informed approach.
‘Judges smoke it, even lawyers too.’ – Peter Tosh.
The UK may have signed the UN drugs convention – with its emphasis on prohibition – but that doesn’t mean it can’t legalise the drug.
Decriminalisation removes criminal penalties for drug use or possession.
Some of the greatest harms from using illicit drugs are because they are illegal.
Is the status quo really that bad? Our expert talks us through the arguments about the ‘oldest profession’.
Premier Denis Napthine has acknowledged to the Victorian parliament that homosexual acts between consenting adults should never have been a crime.
Almost two years ago, The Conversation published an article, “Wiping the slate clean: historic convictions for gay sex must be expunged”. The article discussed the British government’s moves to remove…
Perhaps the UK could buy a starter kit?
We appear to be on the cusp of a major change in the laws surrounding the use and sale of cannabis. Several nations have now decriminalised usage, and the first steps toward full legalisation have taken…
One argument for legalisation is it will move the problem away from police and the criminal justice system, where it currently dominates resources.
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We should all be concerned about our laws on illegal drugs because they affect all of us – people who use drugs; who have family members using drugs; health professionals seeing people for drug-related…