Galway Greens call for decriminalisation of Cannabis

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"It drives people away from getting help when they need it and exposes them to a unsafe black market", Senator Di Natale said.

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.

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.

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.

It's a common sense approach that has been adopted in many countries around the world, as well as in numerous USA states.

The Australian cannabis agency would issue licences for production and sale, as well as collect a tobacco-style excise from consumers and redirect the funds to drug treatment and education programs.

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

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But the Australian Medical Association has "significant reservations" about the proposal. AMA Vice President Tony Bartone told the Sydney Morning Herald that his association has "considerable concerns about the risk for the young brain and the possibility of bringing on psychosis, especially in the younger age group". "The courts are clogged with people [on drugs charges]", Bartone said.

Senator Di Natale pointed to a recent poll showing 55 percent of Australians believed cannabis should be regulated and taxed like alcohol or tobacco.

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.

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.

The Greens will today unveil their proposal - which will allow cannabis smokers to grow six plants in their backyards and buy cannabis in approved retail stores. Currently, residents of the ACT can have up to two cannabis plants.

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. Although the Greens remain a minority in Parliament, their advocacy for issues including gender equality, gay marriage, ecological sustainability, and now cannabis reform, have drawn increasing support among young Australians.

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