Green Party calls for decriminalisation of cannabis in Ireland with new policy

Green Party calls for decriminalisation of cannabis in Ireland with new policy

"It drives people away from getting help when they need it and exposes them to a risky black market".

Dr Di Natalie said the Greens' plan would redefine cannabis as a legal substance in a regulated market and would redirect resources into treatment.

The Greens political party in Australia wants to completely legalize recreational marijuana.

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. Legal weed would be sold to adults via licensed shops, and would be subject to both sales and excise taxes.

The Greens leader, a former drug and alcohol doctor, said Australia's tough approach to drugs had caused enormous harm. "The very nature of law enforcement, when you have it focused on this sort of "use and possess' crime or activity, is that it will discriminate against people that are most vulnerable", he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)".

"Prohibition has failed. Using cannabis remains illegal, but this has not stopped Australians from using it". "The courts are clogged with people [on drugs charges]", Bartone said.

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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.

Last year, the Oireachtas Health Committee threw out a bill proposing to legalise cannabis for medical use. "I know there are hundreds of people suffering in Ireland who could potentially benefit from medicinal cannabis".

In a statement, detailing the proposal the party went on to say that Gardaí would be instructed to tolerate Dutch-style "coffee shops", which allow sale and consumption of cannabis for over-18s, albeit under certain conditions.

A spokesman for Pauline Krikee, the mayor, said the ban was needed after "many complaints from residents and visitors" about the smell of cannabis and noise from drug users. "Regulating cannabis will give government more control and increase government revenue, which can be used to fund drug prevention and treatment". The Greens are the first party with seats in parliament to call for full cannabis legalisation in the country, The Age reports.

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

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