Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

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

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

Up to six plants could be grown for personal use and strict penalties would be imposed on selling cannabis to minors or without a licence.

"We need to get real about cannabis".

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The party's new proposal has called for Dutch-style coffee shops, which would allow the sale and consumption of cannabis.

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The Greens' plan would redefine cannabis as a legal substance in a regulated market and will redirect resources into treatment.

"The tough-on-drugs approach doesn't stop people from using it", Senator Di Natale said.

"It's time Australia joined them and legalised cannabis for adult use".

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.

Greens leader Dr Richard Di Natale said the Greens saw drug use as a health issue, not 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.

'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.

"Prohibition has failed. Using cannabis remains illegal, but this has not stopped Australians from using it". The Australian Greens have promised this bill will be in parliament by the end of 2018.

He said a poll a year ago showed 55 per cent of Australians believed cannabis should be taxed and regulated like alcohol or tobacco.

In a significant escalation of Greens drug policy, Federal leader Richard Di Natale wants Australia to follow the lead of Spain, Uruguay and nine US States and decriminalise marijuana use for all adults.

The Greens said the plan is expected to raise in the order of hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the Federal Budget, part of which would fund treatment, education, and other harm reduction programs.

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