Queensland To Introduce Three Strike Law For First Time Drug Offenders

In attempt to rehabilitate offenders

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Queensland are set to introduce a three-strike policy for illicit drug consumption under proposed law reform.

Under the new law, Queensland Police will need to issue a warning to anyone caught possessing illicit substances for the first time.

The warning applies to all drugs including ice and heroin.

If the person is caught a second and third time, police are obligated to provide the person with an opportunity to participate in mandatory drug diversion program.

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According to Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath, the three-strike law enables the government to take a health-conscious approach to drug consumption, offering offenders a chance at rehabilitation.

“Without these reforms, many people who come into contact with the criminal justice system for low-level drug offences may not receive the timely support they need,” she said.

The changes will leave NSW as the only Australian state that does not offer cautions for small-quantity drug possession.

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Georgie Marr

21 April 2023

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