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The Effects of Marijuana Legalisation

The Effects of Marijuana Legalisation

Cannabis Hub tracks and follows legalisation of medicinal cannabis and future recreational use in Australia as we move to the future.


Cannabis Hub tracks and follows the legalisation of Marijuana in Australia and internationally. 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? Source

As with any major change, it takes time to build up the infrastructure and monitor the effects of legalisation. Australia is luckier than Canada and America when they first legalised, as we do not need to conduct as much research due to this being readily available from North America and Europe.

Australia's Capital, Canberra
Australia's Capital, Canberra

Let’s run through a few terms that you will see repeated through the media as we approach various levels of cannabis legalisation:

Decriminalisation

This means the removal of a criminal penalty for possession and use of cannabis (marijuana). Similar to tobacco use in Australia though, you may still be fined for smoking in the wrong places at the wrong time or driving under the influence etc.

Legalisation

Cannabis (marijuana) will be sold to the public for recreational use in Australia just like alcohol is. So you may find a BWS to Celebrations store that is dedicated to different strains (types) of marijuana. There will be regulations to control the distribution of legal marijuana in Australia similar to alcohol and tobacco laws preventing minors (under the age of 18) from buying these products.

Medicinal

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), but it is common in North America to have both available for medicinal use.

Recreational

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 effects 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 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.

Marijuana Legalised in Australia
Marijuana Legalised in Australia

A side effect of legalisation has also been reducing financial strain on the state’s health care due to a reduction in alcohol abuse. 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

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