The Victorian government says it will select a group of experts to provide advice on a possible trial to change how illicit drug users are policed.
Callum Godde | AAP
An expert group will consider a possible trial to change how illicit drug use is policed in Victoria, despite the state government rejecting a decriminalisation push.
Reason Party Leader Fiona Patten introduced a bill late last month to decriminalise illicit drug use and possession, shifting the focus from punishment to treatment.
Under her proposal, police would issue a mandatory notice and referral of drug education or treatment to those found to have used or possessed an illicit drug.
“This bill starts that conversation around treating the use of drugs differently – seeing it as a health issue, not one that should be stigmatised or criminalised,” she (Patten) said in a video posted to her social media account.
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