Doctors call for softer drug laws in Australia

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 11 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1526
  1. C Zinn

    The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has sparked a national debate on Australia's drug laws after calling for the partial decriminalisation of marijuana for first offenders. The AMA's national conference in Canberra voted in support of relaxing the legal sanctions against people caught with small amounts of the drug to avoid making them criminals.

    But the move prompted a storm in the federal parliament with various politicians being accused of, and admitting to, smoking it. Others questioned why the AMA, which takes such a public …

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