New push to legalise cannabis and sell it in shops

New push to legalise cannabis and sell it in shops

The Greens' plan would redefine cannabis as a legal substance in a regulated market and will redirect resources into treatment.

As 29 American states have decriminalised weed, with eight fully legalising it for recreational use, not one state has seen a rise in marijuana use.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale said Monday Australia's approach to drugs is an "unmitigated disaster", and it's time for that to change.

But Senator Di Natale argues governments around the world are realising that prohibition of cannabis causes more harm than it prevents.

"It's no longer all that unusual or "out there" to support the legalisation of cannabis", Moran went on to say. "It's time Australia joined them and legalized cannabis for adult use".

People would be able to legally smoke dope, grow six plants of marijuana in their backyard and buy the drug at stores under a controversial Australian Greens policy.

But despite these concerns, the AMA is still convinced that cannabis prohibition has been a failure. The plan would establish an Australian Cannabis Agency, which would have a complete monopoly on the production, supply, and sale of cannabis.

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Strict penalties would apply to anyone caught for the sale of unlicensed or black market cannabis, the sale of cannabis to under age consumers and other breaches of license conditions.

The Green Party announced a new policy position which suggests Ireland should decriminalise possessing and growing cannabis for personal use as well as the introduction of Dutch-style coffee shops.

Not everyone is against the idea, with the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation welcoming the announcement.

A spokesman for Pauline Krikee, the mayor, said the ban was needed after "many complaints from residents and visitors" about the smell of cannabis and noise from drug users. The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission reports that over 75,000 people are arrested every year for cannabis-related crimes.

"The Greens see drug use as a health issue, not a criminal issue". "Regulating cannabis will give government more control and increase government revenue, which can be used to fund drug prevention and treatment".

The Greens leader, a former drug and alcohol doctor, pointed to a recent poll showing 55 per cent of Australians believed cannabis should be regulated and taxed like alcohol or tobacco.

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