The radical fresh push to decriminalise cannabis

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

In Australia, the United States, 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.

A costing by the Parliamentary Budget Office for independent senator David Leyonhjelm found the budget would be boosted by $259 million over the 2015-16 forward estimates if Australia legalised cannabis, due to a reduction in law enforcement costs and an increase in GST takings.

'The plan will establish an Australian Cannabis Agency to issue licenses for production and sale of cannabis, monitor and enforce license conditions and review and monitor the regulatory scheme to ensure it is functioning properly, ' he said. Legal weed would be sold to adults via licensed shops, and would be subject to both sales and excise taxes.

The Australian Greens are proposing to decriminalise cannabis, declaring the war on drugs has failed.

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) quickly announced their "significant reservations" over the Greens' proposal, however, arguing that cannabis poses potential health risks for those aged under 21.

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

"The courts are clogged with people [on drugs charges]", he said. Support runs as high as 55% when people are asked if cannabis should be taxed and regulated like alcohol or tobacco.

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".

People would also be allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants at home for their personal use under the new policy, which was announced by Richard Di Natale on Monday. Currently, residents of the ACT can have up to two cannabis plants.

Labor has accused the government of not doing enough to grant access to medicinal cannabis, particularly for blocking imports of cannabis products.

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.

The Greens' proposal is the first time that members of the Australian Parliament have officially advocated full cannabis legalization.

Prior to tonight, the Greens supported increased access to medical marijuana, but stopped short of endorsing recreational use.



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