New push to legalise cannabis and sell it in shops

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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.

Dr Di Natale said Australia's current approach to drugs was a disaster and it was time for real reform.

Senator Di Natale said nearly seven million Australians had tried or used cannabis, with consumption and drug possession-related arrests both on the rise.

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

Dilkens says people need to know there are different rules in Canada and the United States on the use of marijuana, and people could be denied entry into the US for using marijuana, even for medicinal reasons. "It's really a testament to my unbelievable team that has rallied together and worked tirelessly to develop a one-of-a-kind cannabis oil product with such positive attributes".

The Greens want to redefine cannabis as a legal substance, with licences issued for its production and sale.

The Green Party has called for cannabis to be decriminalised, arguing that current legislation has "made criminals out of decent people".

It would also act as the single wholesaler for cannabis - purchasing cannabis from producers and selling it in plain packaging to retail stores.

According to the party's proposals, a Government licence would be required to commercially cultivate cannabis plants, while personal cultivation would be restricted to "two plants per private residence".

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.

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.

"Prohibition has failed. Using cannabis remains illegal, but this has not stopped Australians from using it".

Former Australian Federal Police commissioner Mick Palmer backed the Greens' policy, slamming the so-called "war on drugs" as an abysmal failure.

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

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

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

The draft legislation, which Demeulenaere pointed out could still possibly change, restricts recreational marijuana use to your home.

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