When looking through Australia’s census data, I can see that most people support legal weed for personal or medical use.
The biggest question is, what are the positive and negative effects of legal marijuana in Australia?
Medicinal marijuana has helped thousands of Australians treat serious medical conditions. The private member’s bill allows for the legal recreational growing and use of weed in Canberra (ACT). There are no spikes in medical issues, driving accidents or drug abuse.
Do you believe that Australians should be able to use marijuana for personal or medical use?
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Overview of legal cannabis
Marijuana, weed, cannabis and hemp are all from the same plant and are a hot topic in Australia.
As a developed nation, we are lagging behind other Western countries when it comes to legal medicinal and personal marijuana use.
Medicinal Marijuana has been available in Canada and many states in America since the 1990s, and recently in 2016 in Australia.
After the legalisation of medicinal cannabis in Australia, people are asking if the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use will be far behind, and what are the implications? Alcohol and Drug Foundation
Should Australians have better access to medicinal marijuana? It was partially legalised in Australia for a limited number of illnesses in 2016 - but it's $$$ and only available to a small number patients, even though plenty more need it. pic.twitter.com/lYKEs43oZJ
Aside from having medical benefits, legalising marijuana in Canberra for personal use reduces the illegal production and distribution.
Many who use cannabis see it as less harmful than legal drugs like alcohol or tobacco and view its prohibition as hypocritical. A legal regulated cannabis market in the UK would reduce crime and could earn the Treasury up to £3bn a year in tax revenues. https://t.co/GD4lt8tvqg
Cannabis (marijuana) is a non-addictive substitute to opioids. Cannabis and its extracts have been well documented to provide treatment of medical conditions such as spinal injuries, epilepsy and autism.
Medicinal marijuana in Australia will most likely be an oil or spray, instead of the flower (bud). Still, it is common in North America to have both available for medicinal use.
The legal recreational use of cannabis (marijuana) is used for pleasure and not for treatment of medical conditions.
Similar to having a glass of wine or a pint of beer, many enjoy smoking for its less addictive attributes and potentially healthier effects (depending on how cannabis is taken).
Here you can have the cannabis flower (or bud) is smoke, eaten in food, or mixed in with tea.
The future of Australia’s legalisation
The effects of legalisation are well documented in similar countries to Australia, with the impact of the drug being widely available boosting economies, reducing crime, and reducing strain on the healthcare system due to reduced tobacco and alcohol consumption.
The difficulties of legalising cannabis (marijuana) in Australia is around regulation.
Similar to alcohol, laws need to be put in place to decide who can buy and sell it, can it be sold online or only in stores, what forms of marijuana can be sold (oil, flower/bud, sprays, pre-rolled cigarettes) and can people grow their own, and if so, how many plants?
The most well-documented effects of legalising marijuana are in Colorado, America. In 2012 Colorado passed Amendment 64, making them one of the first states in America to legalise recreational marijuana. Crime has been drastically reduced, over 18,000 well-paid jobs have been created since and over $2b added to the economy.
Legal recreational marijuana being legalised has changed the behaviour of adults between the age of 20-35 with drastically reduced alcohol and tobacco use.
Despite what the alcohol and tobacco industry says, studies find that marijuana may be an exit drug from alcohol and tobacco abuse. It works wonders on the body when substance abuse users are weening off harder drugs like Heroin and more. Source
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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