Greens call for cannabis use legalisation

Tuesday, 17 Apr, 2018

Di Natale took to Twitter to share his plans, saying "This is a major step forward for drug law reform in Australia". "It's time Australia joined them and legalised cannabis for adult use", Di Natale said.

The policy is the first time a party with significant federal representation has backed full legalisation, providing a point of difference with the Coalition and Labor, which supports a scheme initiated in 2016 to legalise cannabis for medicinal use only.

The Greens' plan to legalise cannabis for adult use will feature an Australian Cannabis Agency created to issue licences for production and sale, monitor and enforce regulations, and review the regulatory scheme to make sure it is working properly.

'We need to protect the young and the vulnerable, especially those with mental health issues, ' he said.

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".

This is the view of the Green Party's Galway West candidate, Pauline O'Reilly, who was speaking following the party's launch of a new policy document on the decriminalisation of cannabis.

The Greens leader, a former drug and alcohol doctor, said Australia's tough approach to drugs had caused enormous harm.

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The centrepiece of the Greens' new policy is the establishment of the Australian Cannabis Agency, which would regulate and tax the sale of cannabis, and become the sole wholesaler of cannabis to small retailers.

A push by the Australian Greens to legalise cannabis use has been rejected by the Turnbull government. It drives people away from getting help when they need it and exposes them to a risky black market. This would include plain packaging for all marijuana products and a requirement for marijuana retailers to undergo training similar to the Responsible Sale Of Alcohol course.

Under the policy, the Australian Cannabis Agency would impose "strict penalties" for the sale of unlicensed or black market cannabis or the sale to under age consumers.

Advertising would be banned and adults could grow up to six plants for personal use.

GST would apply to all cannabis sales.

He expects the plan to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, helping fund treatment, education and other harm reduction programs.

"Banning cannabis hasn't reduced its use or availability yet it has distracted police from following up more serious crimes, harmed a lot of young people and helped make some criminals rich", Wodak said.