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

17 April 2018

Greens leader Richard Di Natale has called for reforms to the existing prohibition, saying the country's approach to illicit drugs was an "unmitigated disaster".

Colorado, among the 29 states and D.C. that have legalized medicinal marijuana use and a smaller handful allowing recreational use, has raked in upwards of $506 million dollars in taxes and fees since recreational cannabis sales began in January 2014, according to a July report from the marijuana advocacy and policy firm VS Strategies.

'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. The lifting of a veil over taboos and criminality that covered the reality that we already knew was there and that made criminals out of decent people and sufferers out of medical patients.

Mr Moran explained: 'Ordinary people would be allowed to have up to five grams of cannabis in their possession or to use.

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

The minor party wants to redefine cannabis as a legal substance, with licences issued for its production and sale.

Green Relief a Canadian licensed producer of medical cannabis under Health Canada's Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). This philosophy stands at the centre of the Greens' argument. It would also make this agency the single wholesaler for the drug, selling on to licensed retailers.

Advertising would be banned and adults could grow up to six plants for personal 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.

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

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

Dr Di Natale said the push to legalise cannabis would change the conversation from criminal to health.

"Cannabis is a relatively safe drug, it's safer than tobacco and alcohol".

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.

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