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Fed govt rejects call to legalise cannabis

Fed govt rejects call to legalise cannabis

Richard Di Natale is pushing for the controversial move to legalise cannabis for adults.

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.

Health Minister Simon Harris has announced plans to establish a "compassionate access programme" for cannabis where the drug would be made available to patients with specific conditions.

In Australia, the USA, and all over the world, the war on drugs has caused more than its fair share of harm, and it seems that finally, things are changing. But we sill need vocal support for drug law reform to build political will.

But despite these concerns, the AMA is still convinced that cannabis prohibition has been a failure.

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.

Not everyone is against the idea, with the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation welcoming 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, ' Dr Wodak said.

Colorado food service workers are the most likely to use pot, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, with employees in the accommodation and food services industry (30.1%) and those who worked in food preparation and serving occupations (32.2%) reporting the highest prevalence of marijuana use during 2014 and 2015.

All over the world, more and more drug-aware citizens are subscribing to the belief that marijuana use should be treated as a public health issue, rather than a criminal issue. Our plan to create a legal market for cannabis production and sale will reduce the risks, bust the business model of criminal dealers and syndicates and protect young people from unfair criminal prosecutions.

A push by the Australian Greens to legalise cannabis looks set to fail, after being rejected by the Turnbull government.

"Cannabis is a relatively safe drug, it's safer than tobacco and alcohol".

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