- by theguardian
- 30 Nov 2022
The Australian Capital Territory has become the first Australian jurisdiction to decriminalise illicit drugs in small quantities.
Instead they will be cautioned, fined or referred to a drug diversion program.
The substances decriminalised include heroin, cocaine and speed.
The ACT health minister, Rachel Stephen-Smith, said focusing on harm-minimisation rather than punishing drug users was the way forward.
The government said they would use the transition period to bolster oversight arrangements and train frontline workers including police.