Around the world numerous countries have radically changed their drug policies by moving away from the failed “prohibition model” to one which prevents criminalisation, treats drug abuse issues as a health problem and generate revenue from the drug market to raise taxes.
Our aim is to help drive a similar movement in Guernsey and have the islands government:
- Make the “treatment” of drug use / abuse / addiction a Health issue and NOT a Criminal one
- Decriminalise all drug use / possession
- Regulate the sale of cannabis locally for medical and recreational use, then utilise the revenue to further fund treating the underlying cause of addiction
A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
In 2017, the GDSC published a report called "A Different Perspective". This was copied to all sitting States Deputies (and Public Health) to provide them with more up-to-date information on Drug Policy reform at a Global level.
July 2018 Survey Results
In July 2018 the GDSC ran an island wide survey to gain public feedback on drug use and its impact in Guernsey.
We are seeing a continuing trend in these surveys as the islands population gets re-educated about drug addiction. Furthermore - We are watching with keen interest following the announcement from HSC that it “has brought forward a review of the current drug and alcohol strategy” to 2019. And that the “review will specifically consider the different approaches and criminal justice regimes of other jurisdictions.”
July 2016 Survey Results
In July 2016 the GDSC ran an island wide survey to gain public feedback on drug use and its impact in Guernsey.
With one third of the islands prison population incarcerated for drug related offences it is clear that drug policy reform is needed urgently so that focus is moved away from criminalisation and towards curing addiction.