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In the state of South Australia, Paul Rofe, the Director of Public Prosecutions (similar in status to a US state attorney general) said he had no objection to marijuana being sold at the "corner deli," according to a story in The Advertiser. Rofe made the comment at the Australasian Conference on Drug Strategy held last week in Adelaide.

Rofe was also quoted as saying, "I am an addict of tobacco and I'm told there is substantial medical evidence to prove this product is killing me. Governments make hundreds of millions of billions of dollars from the sale of tobacco products. I ask myself why some of these governments set themselves so strongly against the involvement in the supply and distribution of illegal drugs, particularly cannabis. And I think you can stretch the argument to heroin. We are dealing with the legal drug situation -- alcohol and tobacco -- much better than we are with the illicit."

According to today's issue of The Advertiser, two top public prosecutors, Nick Cowdery, and Richard Refshauge, have joined Rofe in calling for heroin to be given free to addicts in safe injecting rooms to reduce crime and ease overloaded courts. The prosecutors stated, "The availability of free heroin on prescription to registered addicts in safe circumstances would significantly reduce the illicit market and consequently the large profits, the motive for the commission of drug-related property crime."

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