Former Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth (pictured) has caused something of a political storm for calling for the legalisation of drugs so that they can be available, probably on prescription, as a way of tackling the major problems presently caused by the supply and consumption of drugs. Some of the responses to his call have been predictable. However, to dismiss out of hand what he says means we stand little chance of having a proper debate and finding ways of moving forward. A good number of parliamentarians and police officers are aware that the present situation is unsustainable. As politicians, we cannot adopt a head-in-the-sand approach. I think this reinforces the case for a Royal Commission, or some body of inquiry, into drug use and possession. There needs to a transparent and informed investigation.
I have little time for those who choose to take drugs, but then I have little time for those who engage in binge drinking. My personal views are secondary to the need to address the issue from the perspective of public policy.