Greens leader Richard Di Natale's backs cannabis decriminalisation

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But we sill need vocal support for drug law reform to build political will.

The party wants marijuana to be available for recreational use for anyone over the age of 18.

The party has also called for the Misuse of Drugs act to be amended, individuals to be permitted to grow up to two cannabis plants in their home for personal use, and for access to cannabis-based medicines that can be used under a supervised system similar to that now in Germany.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan toldTheJournal.ie that the creation of a coffee-shop culture in Ireland might prompt cannabis-takers to use the drug in a regulated environment.

The announcement makes Green Relief the only company in the world to produce cannabis oil from dried flower grown via aquaponics.


"Given that cannabis oil is so highly concentrated, it's even more essential that any source material used be as pure and clean as possible", says Bravo. The Dutch model, which regulated cultivation, is safer than what we have now.

Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm said his party had long-held the position of legalising marijuana, criticising the 80,000 cannabis-related arrests each year as a waste of police resources.

Individuals would be permitted six plants for their own personal use.

'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.

"This is an appalling waste of Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force resources to the tune of nearly $100 million a year", Senator Leyonhjelm said, citing Parliamentary Budget Office costings commissioned by his party.


'In a poll past year, 55 per cent of Australians said they believe cannabis should be taxed and regulated like alcohol or tobacco'.

He expects the plan to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, helping fund treatment, education and other harm-reduction programs.

Crossbench senator Derryn Hinch also backed the Greens' push, saying "you'd ban alcohol and cigarettes" too if the argument was that it's bad for you.

Tasmania allows medical cannabis in limited circumstances where conventional treatment has been unsuccessful, as does Western Australia, South Australia, the NT and the ACT.

Currently, marijuana is only fully legal in a few places: Uruguay and parts of the United States.


Greens leader Richard Di Natale said the country's approach to illicit drugs was an "unmitigated disaster" and it was time for real reform.

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