Just in time for 4/20.
In a major shift in drugs policy in Australia, the Greens have announced a new policy that would make it legal for adults to buy and consume marijuana products recreationally.
Announcing the policy tonight, Greens leader Richard Di Natale, who worked as a doctor and public health specialist before entering Parliament, said the war on drugs has “failed”, and it’s time to re-think how the government approaches harm reduction and drug education in Australia.
“Governments around the world are realising that prohibition of cannabis causes more harm than it prevents. It’s time Australia joined them and legalised cannabis for adult use,” Di Natale said.
“We need to get real about cannabis. Almost seven million Australians have tried or used cannabis socially but right now just having a small amount of cannabis in your possession could get you a criminal record.”
Prior to tonight, the Greens supported increased access to medical marijuana, but stopped short of endorsing recreational use.
“Using cannabis remains illegal, but this has not stopped Australians from using it,” Di Natale said.
“As a drug and