While talking with Canberians about legal weed that they can grow and smoke in their own homes, I found that people still wanted more.
They wanted bars, safe and regulated weed products and more options that you see in California or Amsterdam.
Australia does have a weed culture, but people are looking at America, Canada and Europe’s legalisation in envy. People want weed culture to exist and they want more legal and social options. Canberra is now Australia’s weed capital, but the culture can’t grow if marijuana is limited to behind closed doors.
With Canberra replacing Nimbin as the weed capital, what does Australia’s future hold?
Will we see a culture boom with legal weed or will it be business as usual until weed is legalised nationally?
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A short history of Australia’s weed culture
Australians have smoked weed and used it as a medicinal painkiller since the first fleet that arrived in 1787.
It was only in the 1950s that Australia joined the rest of the world in a drug war that heavily criminalised the plant.
Weed culture has always existed with 1 in 4 Australians admitting to using marijuana at least once, but the negative stigma surrounding cannabis kept it behind closed doors.
New South Wales, Australia - The Nimbin Aquarius Festival, 1973 marked a watershed in Australian popular history. It was a heady time. Europe witnessed the flowering of May ’68, when students and workers almost overthrew... https://t.co/ARHeAqtAqo
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.
The future of weed culture in Australia
Canberra’s legal weed is having a significant impact in their local culture.
Feeling free, safe and comfortable to socialise with weed over beers with your friends.
We can look to Colorado and California in the United States to see how weed culture evolved once marijuana was legalised.
What Australian’s are really looking for is a cultural revolution. People are tired of illegally buying and smoking marijuana.
New Zealand has pushed for a full national vote that will legalise the recreational use, and buying and selling of weed products.
This will open up cafes, bars and other businesses to the weed market. Creating a new social atmosphere for marijuana smokers.
When Australia jumps on board the legal weed train, that’s when we’ll really see a culture and identity built around cannabis.
Australian has never really had a strong weed culture like North America, Canada and Europe.
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’.
If we want a weed culture to grow in Australia, then it all starts with legal weed.
James is an experienced writer and legal cannabis advocate in Australia. He answers all the questions about business, legalisation and medicinal cannabis.
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