Australia's Greens Party Proposes Full Recreational Cannabis Legalization

Lester Mason
April 17, 2018

The policy, which appears to be modelled on Uruguay's state-controlled cannabis program rather than the market-driven platforms of the U.S., would put Australia in line with nine USA states, Canada and Spain in legalising marijuana for all adults.

He says seven million Australians regularly use cannabis, and all they're doing is feeding the mega profits of criminal syndicates and criminal gangs.

Neither the Coalition nor Labor have ever considered adopting such a proposal - while supporting medicinal cannabis - and the move is a significant escalation of the Greens drug policy, which previously focused on harm minimisation and getting treatments on Medicare.

After the health ministers' meeting on Friday, Hunt announced that all states and territories had now agreed to a NSW and commonwealth joint trial to provide faster access to medicinal cannabis.

The Australian Greens party has just announced a federal policy seeking to legalise the use of recreational cannabis in Australia.

"As a drug and alcohol doctor, I've seen that the tough on drugs approach causes enormous harm", he said.

"[The legal issues] drive people away from getting help when they need it and exposes them to a risky black market", he continued.

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".

Numerous the party's proposed rules for recreational marijuana are similar to those that already apply to the sale of tobacco and alcohol products.

Sales staff would be forced to do "responsible sale of cannabis" training and varieties of marijuana would come in plain packaging detailing strains and health warnings.

Anyone who buys cannabis would need to show ID to prove they're over 18, and all advertising of cannabis products would be banned. Currently, residents of the ACT can have up to two cannabis plants.

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. The Greens claim the policy would raise "hundreds of millions of dollars" that could be funnelled into mental health, drug treatment and drug education services.

Alex Wodak, president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, welcomed the announcement.

"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.

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.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article