Greens want to legalise cannabis for adult use

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Greens leader Richard Di Natale has called for reforms to the existing prohibition, saying the country's approach to illicit drugs was an "unmitigated disaster".

The Australian Greens party has just announced a federal policy seeking to legalise the use of recreational cannabis in Australia.

Under the Greens' proposal, an agency would be created to issue licenses for marijuana production and sale, as well as act as the single cannabis wholesaler.

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".

"It's time Australia joined them and legalised cannabis for adult use". She said she hopes the change encourages more doctors to participate.

The party's proposal bears more similarities to Uruguay's government-controlled cannabis program than the recreational marijuana markets launched in some USA states. "People most likely to come to notice of police are Indigenous people, homeless people, people who suffer mental health and other health related problems, including people like Vietnamese vets".

The advisory board also added new conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana, including cancer remission therapy and neurodegenerative and spastic movement disorders. People in industries "known to perform routine drug testing on employees" - i.e., health care and social assistance, or mining, oil and gas - posted lower prevalences of 7.4% and 5.2%, respectively. That report is due to be delivered this year.

Senator Di Natale said nearly seven million Australians had tried or used cannabis, with consumption and drug possession-related arrests both on the rise. "Cannabis is being used as a medical treatment and ordinary people are also using it like a glass of wine in the evening".

Calling upon Di Natale to retract his policy statement, Hunt fell back on standard prohibitionist tropes.

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

The Turnbull Government's Health Minister has described marijuana as a gateway drug to ice as the Greens called for a people's vote to held on legalising the mind-altering substance.

Mr Moran added: 'It's no longer that unusual or "out there" to support the legislation of cannabis.

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