Australian Greens announce push to legalise cannabis

Greens want to legalise cannabis for adult use

While the CDC report notes that self-reported use over the past month doesn't necessarily mean partaking or being impaired on the job, it suggests that "awareness of possible employee recreational marijuana use can inform employer policies regarding drug use and workplace impairment".

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 push by the Australian Greens to legalise cannabis appears up in smoke after the Turnbull government and federal opposition rejected the plan.

But Health Minister Greg Hunt urged the party to withdraw its suggestion, arguing it'd have serious health implications. "The risk of graduating to ice or heroin from extended marijuana use is real and documented", he said.

"Marijuana is a gateway drug".

They are also proposing that criminal offences be removed for people over the age of 18 in possession of fewer than five grams of cannabis, and to allow access to cannabis-based medicines.

Green Relief Inc., with production facilities in Flamborough, Ontario, has received its license to sell cannabis oil, marking a pivotal step in the company's growth.

A national agency would be established to issue those licences and oversee regulations.

Up to six plants could be grown for personal use and strict penalties would be imposed on selling cannabis to minors or without a licence.

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As 29 American states have decriminalised weed, with eight fully legalising it for recreational use, not one state has seen a rise in marijuana use.

Alex Wodak, president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, welcomed the announcement.

"I'm sure as the Greens political party know, much of the responsibility for this issue lies at state and territory levels", Mr Shorten told reporters in Cairns.

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

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

He added: 'Our policy comes from an aspiration for harm reduction.

The party is confident that now is the right time for change on cannabis in Ireland.

"We've got to take this out of the hands of criminals and dealers, [and] we've got to make sure it's within the hands of health professionals". This philosophy stands at the centre of the Greens' argument.

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