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Australia's Marijuana Culture

Australia's Marijuana Culture

Amid cannabis prohibition, the Australian public is fighting for legalisation of medicinal and recreational use of marijuana in Australia.


in 2019 Victoria has become Australia’s pot capital. With half of the nation’s legal cannabis industry situating themselves in Victoria, and the largest number (estimated 1500) of state-of-the-art illegal “grow houses”, this state is leading Australia in cannabis culture and it’s having a unique effect on the population.

Victorians have a more progressive stance to cannabis reform than the current laws reflect. The Greens political party conducted a poll in 2018 that found the majority of citizens support the decriminalisation of recreational use of cannabis. The public perception of tobacco and alcohol becoming more negative has to lead to a growing positive view of marijuana being a healthier and safer alternative, even though it is not currently legal in Melbourne (as of 2019).

Australia's Cannabis Culture
Australia's Cannabis Culture

The National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSH Survey) conducted in 2016, around the time of Australia’s legalisation of medicinal cannabis, showed that Australians all over largely support the decriminalisation of marijuana and promotes it recreational and medicinal use. Support of full legislative legalisation of cannabis has been growing ever since, we Australians also demanding a new industry outside of the traditional mining, oil and gas.

A recent 2018 poll surveyed Australia doctors {:target=”_blank”} to better understand their perspective of prescribing medical cannabis as an alternative to other drugs such as opioid derivatives. The survey found that more than half of Australian GPs are in favour of prescribing medicinal marijuana as an alternative to their patients.

Australia’s cannabis culture is growing with the majority of public opinion of cannabis being largely positive. Australians between the ages of 18-35 look to North American progressive cannabis legislation and booming industry in envy. But despite Australians supporting legalisation, politicians and law-makers are stuck in the traditional “war-on-drugs” mindset, where the ‘good’ Australian should being smoking tobacco and drinking beer, and not involving themselves in the recreational use of Marijuana. South Australian Attorney-General Vickie Chapman demonstrated her being out of touch with the public opinion by quadrupling fines for people found in possession of more than a small quantity of marijuana.

Australian Smoking Cannabis
Australian Smoking Cannabis

Nimbin the Grandfather of Australia’s Weed Culture

Nimbin is a village in New South Wales and is home to Australia’s cannabis counterculture. The town is open to drugs, but more notably Marijuana and people from all across Australia flock to Nimbin to get a feeling of recreational openness of the use of cannabis.

In New South Wales the growing, selling and recreational use of cannabis is criminally illegal. When you arrive at Nimbin you will forget all of that, as you see marijuana being openly bought, sold and consumed on the streets and in stores.

Mixed in with MardiGrass, Nimbin fights for openness and the rights of Australians to have control over the actions and decisions that individuals make, as long as it doesn’t negatively affect others.

Australian culture has always been easy going and without stress. As a mostly coastal living country, beach life and cannabis have been synonymous. Pushing back against traditional zero-tolerance policies and fighting for the rights of people has been popularised with our modern generation. When Australia voted ‘Yes’ for gay rights, it was the public’s decision to do so. When we vote for legalisation of cannabis, it will be the public’s decision to say ‘Yes’. Australian’s have a choice to make, but it will be ignored until the public vote.

Australia's Cannabis Art
Australia's Cannabis Art

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