The Federal Government has rejected the Greens plan to legalise marijuana, with Health Minister Greg Hunt calling it a "gateway drug" which will inevitably lead users to use ice and heroin - a claim which will certainly be news to the gentle stoners of Australia.
Patrick Nightingale, a Pittsburgh attorney and executive director of the Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Society, said leaf products generally sell for $10 to $20 a gram in other states with legalized medical marijuana. But we sill need vocal support for drug law reform to build political will.
In fact, Colorado, one of the first states to legalise cannabis, has seen teenage use drop to 9%, the lowest level in a decade.More news: Facebook class action looms over facial recognition software
The party's proposal bears more similarities to Uruguay's government-controlled cannabis program than the recreational marijuana markets launched in some US states. "I know there are hundreds of people suffering in Ireland who could potentially benefit from medicinal cannabis". "The courts are clogged with people [on drugs charges]", Bartone said.
"This is a substance that has the potential for significant health issues that have significant harm and we need to ensure that everyone is aware of those consequences", Dr Tony Bartone from the Australian Medical Association said. The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission reports that over 75,000 people are arrested every year for cannabis-related crimes.
Senator Di Natale said nearly seven million Australians had tried or used cannabis, with consumption and drug possession-related arrests both on the rise.More news: Premier league giants given the go-ahead to sign Real Madrid star
Senator Di Natale said it was more harmful to continue banning the use of cannabis, and called on Australia to "get real".
Levine also accepted the board's recommendation to allow medical marijuana as a treatment for opioid abuse and agreed to expand the list of qualifying medical conditions from 17 to 21. The country's medical marijuana program has been growing very slowly, and the Labor party has accused the government of blocking cannabis imports and otherwise delaying the program's progress.
This is the view of the Green Party's Galway West candidate, Pauline O'Reilly, who was speaking following the party's launch of a new policy document on the decriminalisation of cannabis. 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.More news: S.Korea lists agenda for summit with North