Should Australia Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use?

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Just in time for 4/20.

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

The Australian Greens have proposed that the country should fully legalize the sale and use of recreational cannabis.

But Senator Di Natale argues governments around the world are realising that prohibition of cannabis causes more harm than it prevents. We need legislation to access treatment properly.

Senator Di Natale said nearly seven million Australians had tried or used cannabis, with consumption and drug possession-related arrests both on the rise. "Nearly seven million Australians have tried or used cannabis socially but right now just having a small amount of cannabis in your possession could get you a criminal record".

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A Joint Oireachtas Committee published a report strongly recommending adopting a "harm reducing and rehabilitative approach to the possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use". "It drives people away from getting help when they need it and exposes them to a unsafe black market".

The plan would establish an Australian Cannabis Agency, which would have a complete monopoly on the production, supply, and sale of cannabis.

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

'It is my view that cannabis should be sold within an age-restricted retail environment, separate from the sale of alcohol or cigarettes, ' he told Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday.

Individual Australian territories criminalized recreational cannabis use between the 1920s and 1950s, but many of these territories decriminalized minor cannabis offenses in the early 2000s.

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He added that people are taking cannabis, whether it is legal or not, and introducing a legalised system that undermines gangland crime would be far more effective.

GST would apply to all cannabis sales.

The Greens said the plan is expected to raise in the order of hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the Federal Budget, part of which would fund treatment, education, and other harm reduction programs.

Prominent drug decriminalisation advocate Dr Alex Wodak, who has also fought for legal pill testing at music festivals, has praised the policy.

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.

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