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Pyne welcomes SA move to ‘ban the bong’

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21 May 2007 CP53/07

Pyne welcomes SA move to ‘ban the bong’

Christopher Pyne, the Minister responsible for the Australian Government’s illicit drug policy, today welcomed reports that the South Australian Government had responded to his call last week to ban the sale of bongs and other drug implements.

“I raised this issue at the last Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy,” Mr Pyne said, “and while the response from some states and territories was lukewarm, I am delighted South Australia has responded positively.”

“There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating links between cannabis use and debilitating mental illness,” he said

“Imposing a ban on the sale of drug paraphernalia not only sends the message that drugs are socially unacceptable, but it makes it more difficult for first-time drug users to experiment with illicit substances.

“The Australian Government is preparing a comprehensive report into how all jurisdictions can work together to restrict the sale of bongs and drug implements, which we will present at the next Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy meeting in November.

“In the meantime I urge all the other states and territories to support my call for a national ban on the sale of drug paraphernalia and follow the South Australian Government example,” Mr Pyne said.

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