Pubdate: Sun, 13 Dec 2015
Source: Age, The (Australia)
Copyright: 2015 The Age Company Ltd
Author: Philip Eagles


Where is the "war" against drugs when we all know the penalties are 
so ineffective ("Death, 60 arrests at Stereosonic", 6/12)? If there 
were significant penalties, would people be arriving at such events 
in large numbers with illegal drugs? If they don't care about the law 
or health, then punish them with something they do understand. Money 
and possessions are treasured above most other things in our society, 
so why not place a nominal fine of, say, $10,000 on those found 
carrying drugs and higher for those under the influence? Confiscate 
cars, phones, computers and cash up to that value and hold it in 
trust for one month, six months, a year or indefinitely, subject to 
drug test results.

Philip Eagles, Mill Park
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