Fed govt rejects call to legalise cannabis

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"In a poll previous year, 55% of Australians said they believe cannabis should be taxed and regulated like alcohol or tobacco".

Green Relief Inc.is a Canadian licensed producer of medical cannabis under Health Canada's Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). But patients say that they face steep challenges trying to obtain the drug, including limited supply, uninformed doctors and high costs.

'Regulating cannabis will give government more control and increase government revenue, which can be used to fund drug prevention and treatment'.

The party has also called for the Misuse of Drugs act to be amended, individuals to be permitted to grow up to two cannabis plants in their home for personal use, and for access to cannabis-based medicines that can be used under a supervised system similar to that now in Germany.

Figures show nearly seven million Australians have used cannabis.

Under the Greens' plan, adults would be able to grow up to six cannabis plants for personal use.

"I call on political parties of all stripes to join the Greens in committing to just legalise it", he said.

"This is an appalling waste of Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force resources to the tune of nearly $100 million a year", Senator Leyonhjelm said, citing Parliamentary Budget Office costings commissioned by his party.

"Cannabis accounts for most illicit drug arrests across Australia and each year cannabis consumption and arrests are growing", he said.

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 Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation's Alex Wodak said banning cannabis had distracted police from following up more serious crimes and helped make some criminals rich.

But the Australian Medical Association has "significant reservations" about the proposal.

This brought America in line with Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Greece, parts of India, Italy, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine and Uruguay - all of which have made recreational weed use legal or decriminalised.

Marijuana use was next most prevalent in Colorado's arts, entertainment and recreation industry (28.3%), according to the report, followed by "other services (except public administration)" at 20.9%, construction at 19.7% and real estate at 19.6%.

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