Greens want to legalise cannabis for all adults

Greens want to legalise cannabis for all adults

"It drives people away from getting help when they need it and exposes them to a unsafe black market", he said.

Calling Australia's current nanny state approach to illicit drugs an "unmitigated disaster", the Greens leader Richard Di Natale has unleashed the party's plans to "tightly regulate" the legal use of recreational marijuana - a move he explains would generate hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue. "It's time Australia joined them and legalised cannabis for adult use", Di Natale said.

"As someone who was a drug and alcohol doctor, I've seen how damaging the tough on drugs approach is to people", Senator Di Natale said. New South Wales Greens MP David Shoebridge recently announced a state policy manifesto that included the introduction of a tax of up to 10 per cent on the total wealth of Aussie billionaires in order to raise more money for public services. The plan would establish an Australian Cannabis Agency, which would have a complete monopoly on the production, supply, and sale of cannabis.

The Greens' policy notes that 35% of Australians have used cannabis, according to Australian Institute of Health and Welfare statistics, and there were 79,643 cannabis related arrests in 2015-16, up 6% from 2014-15. "The very nature of law enforcement, when you have it focused on this sort of "use and possess' crime or activity, is that it will discriminate against people that are most vulnerable", he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)".

But the Australian Medical Association has "significant reservations" about the proposal.

"We have considerable concerns about the risk for the young brain and the possibility of bringing on psychosis, especially in the younger age group". "The courts are clogged with people [on drugs charges]", Bartone said.

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The Greens point out that numerous potential objections to cannabis use, such as addiction, teenage access, and clarity on its medical impact, are "not addressed by the current system", and that the party's policy is aimed at achieving "harm reduction".

'In a poll past year, 55 per cent of Australians said they believe cannabis should be taxed and regulated like alcohol or tobacco'.

Cannabis is being used as a "medical treatment" in some circumstances, while others smoke it for recreational purposes the same way some people "like a glass of wine in the evening", meaning it is time the drug was decriminalised.

Up to six plants could be grown for personal use and strict penalties would be imposed on selling cannabis to minors or without a licence.

Labor has accused the government of not doing enough to grant access to medicinal cannabis, particularly for blocking imports of cannabis products. The Australian Greens have promised this bill will be in parliament by the end of 2018.

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