As attitudes to cannabis gradually change throughout Australia, thousands of residents have signed a petition calling for the decimalisation of the drug. The petition calls for it to be downgraded to a Schedule 3 substance from a Schedule 8.
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The new Western Australian Legislative Council has been officially sworn in by Governor Kim Beazley and will be far more left-sided than in previous terms, including those from the legalise cannabis party.
Committee Chair Fiona Patten says thinks it is important to get local residents’ opinion on the use of cannabis, after looking at data on people living in regional Victoria. The inquiry will be held at the George Kerferd Hotel in Beechworth.
Medicinal cannabis on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) will be one of the debates at the Country Women’s Association (CWA) State Conference, which is held in Bega. The annual event will call for cannabis reform.
Texas could be the next state in the US to legalise cannabis for personal use, after several bills have been proposed through legislation. It would mean that penalties for low level cannabis possession may be reduced.
Tim Quilty, a Liberal Democrat MP for Northern Victoria, thinks the first Australian state to legalise recreational cannabis would create a tourism ‘goldmine’, with people travelling from other ends of the country.
This article from the Australian government site, explains the use of cannabis within the country, the trends of cannabis use, the drug’s effects, harms, treatment types, and the availability of medicinal cannabis medications.
At the moment the Australian government is not giving any clear indications as to whether Australia will legalise recreational cannabis. It is already legal in the ACT in small doses and attitudes are gradually changing.
In a bid to control drug reform in Australia, Labour backbencher Michael Pettersson has announced a private members bill to remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of some illicit drugs in the Australian Capital Territory.
Candidate Brian Walker of the Legalise Cannabis WA Party has secured a second seat in the Legislative Council, winning the sixth seat in the East Metropolitan Region of Western Australia.
As we have seen from cannabis being legalised in some countries, making a drug legal, does not necessarily mean more people will start using it. If the current policies are not working, what else can Australia do?