Greens NSW MP and Drugs & Harm Minimisation spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi will, in the coming days, embark on a self-funded fact-finding trip to the United States, in part to meet with leading drug law reform experts, advocates and campaigners.
Dr Faruqi said:
“Numerous states in the US, both progressive and conservative, have been leading drug law reform efforts for some years now. Some have even regulated the use of cannabis.
“They have framed policy not to treat drug users as criminals, but look at the issue from health and social perspectives, to reduce harm and save lives.
“Some American jurisdictions allow pill-testing at music festivals and concerts, so I will be investigating the successes and processes involved with those programs.
“There is a real mood for change in Australia now, and it’s imperative we look at where reform efforts are happening around the world to determine the best way forward at home.
“I look forward to meeting with representatives from established groups such as the Drug Policy Alliance, and also activists and campaigners on the ground about their work,” she said.
Dr Faruqi will meet with relevant groups and individuals in California and Oregon.