AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY IS INCHING TOWARD THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA
- November 27, 2018
Back in 2016, patients from Canberra to Brisbane and from Tasmania to Sydney celebrated the official legalization of medical-grade marijuana in Australia. Following the passage of the Narcotics Drug Amendment Bill (2016), paired with changes to the Therapeutic Goods Act (1989), the government created a national body that will provide growers with license and control the cultivation and production of medical-grade cannabis (keep in mind that territory and state governments hold control, similar to the situation in Canada). Over the past two years, though, we have not heard much about the case for recreational pot. However, a recent announcement has confirmed that the government of Canberra (Australia’s capital) and the surrounding region may be preparing to decriminalize marijuana and make a critical step toward full-scale legalization. Let’s take a closer look and find out more.
One Extra Step
Recently, Michael Pettersson has introduced a bill that (if passed) would decriminalize the possession of 50 grams of cannabis or four plants and make these 100% legal for adults living in the Australian Capital Territory. Overall, the Local Labor Party has voiced its full support for the bill, but they require one more vote in order to push it forward. Ultimately, this final decision will be made by the Green Party (Liberal). Although he agrees with the motive for the bill, Green Party parliamentarian Shane Rattenbury emphasized how he wanted to review the document closely before giving his final take. Likewise, Rattenbury has emphasized how the government should receive legal advice about the complicated aspects of this bill.
Nevertheless, Liberal Party member Jeremy Hanson related that the Liberals would not support this bill. Referring to Australia’s system for analysis of personal possession, he believes this current practice is good enough for the country.
Pettersson, on the other hand, believes the bill would be an incredible turning point for Australia. Based on recent studies, opioid-related deaths in the country have skyrocketed. In fact, from 2007 to 2016, the number of fatalities had nearly doubled, according to a study by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Center (University of New South Wales). While cannabis legalization might not stop this crisis dead in its tracks, some researchers are making a firm case that marijuana is a safer alternative to opioids and could save more lives.
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