The increasing availability and use of illicit drugs across the country is doing irreversible harm and robbing us of our potential as a nation.
New Conservative believes that the long term solution is strong families and healthy relationships, which will help reduce the search for something to numb the felt pain so prevalent today.
In the short term, New Conservative will provide police and corrections staff with the necessary powers and authority to drug test offenders on probation, home detention and bail. Furthermore, police can conduct drug and alcohol testing when they suspect an offender has committed an alcohol or drug fuelled violent assault. Those showing a pattern of addiction will be required to enter a drug addiction help programme with a proven record of success.
New Conservative will enforce legislation and increase penalties for cannabis cultivation, distribution and personal use. The detrimental effect of cannabis is well researched and documented. Police leniency on those found using cannabis is not helpful to society, as it reinforces the incorrect belief that cannabis is harmless.
New Conservative will implement a user pays system for drivers under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Drivers found over the legal alcohol limit and/or under the influence of illegal substances will be required to pay all attributed costs, such as police time and testing costs. In addition, billing those whom are hospitalised through alcohol and/or drug related incidents, including for the use of an ambulance.