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Waahoo! The Greens want to legalise dope

Waahoo! The Greens want to legalise dope

Now we know what Di Natale does all day—and night! Hey man, that’s good sh*t!

The Greens will become the first party with seats in Parliament to call for full cannabis legalisation in Australia, despite criticism from the country’s top medical bodies. Greens leader Richard Di Natale said the “war on drugs has failed” and called for the establishment of an Australian Cannabis Agency that would be given a monopoly over the wholesale supply of the drug to shops, while collecting millions of dollars in a tobacco-style tax from consumers.

At the foot of this article is video on how to conduct your life under a Green government, especially when driving and dealing with authorities. Please do not eat or drink while viewing.

Source: Fairfax

Greens want to legalise cannabis for all adults

“Governments around the world are realising that prohibition of cannabis causes more harm than it prevents,” the former GP who worked in drug and alcohol addiction said.
“It’s time Australia joined them and legalised cannabis for adult use.”

Staff at the shops selling cannabis would be forced to undergo responsible service of drugs training and varieties of marijuana would come in plain packaging detailing strains and health warnings.

The policy, which appears to be modelled on Uruguay’s state-controlled cannabis program rather than the market-driven platforms of the US, would put Australia in line with nine US states, Canada and Spain in legalising marijuana for all adults.
Colorado earned more than $260 million in tax revenue in 2016 after it sold more than $1.7 billion worth of marijuana, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue.

Under the Greens policy millions of dollars in a tobacco-style tax will be collected from consumers.

A costing by the Parliamentary Budget Office for independent senator David Leyonhjelm found the budget would be boosted by $259 million over the 2015-16 forward estimates if Australia legalised cannabis, due to a reduction in law enforcement costs and an increase in GST takings.
Neither the Coalition nor Labor have ever considered adopting such a proposal – while supporting medicinal cannabis – and the move is a significant escalation of the Greens drug policy, which previously focused on harm minimisation and getting treatments on Medicare.
“The use of any drug or substance has the potential to be of harm to the individual or to the community,” its November 2017 policy stated as its number one principle.
Influential medical bodies including the Australian Medical Association and Alcohol and Drug Foundation said they were concerned about the policy, which goes much further than the legalisation of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The Royal Australasian College of Physicians has also long lobbied against such a move.

The Australian government has plans to become the world’s biggest supplier of medical cannabis. ABC political reporter, Stephen Dziedzic joins News Breakfast from Parliament House.
The vice president of the Australian Medical Association Tony Bartone said the AMA did not support the personal use of cannabis and had “significant reservations” about the proposal to allow people aged over 18 to use the drug.
“There is the importance of the developing brain, the Colorado model is 21-years-old,” he said.
“We have considerable concerns about the risk for the young brain and the possibility of bringing on psychosis, especially in the younger age group.”
But he said the AMA believed that criminal penalties should not be brought against users, echoing sections of the Greens policy.

“The courts are clogged with people [on drugs charges],” he said. “We see recreational use of cannabis as a health issue not a criminal issue.”
More than 75,000 people are arrested each year for cannabis related offences, making up the largest proportion of illicit drug crimes according to the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.
Alcohol and Drug Foundation policy manager Geoff Munro said “the risk was that it would lead to increased use and increased harm, particularly people who are most vulnerable to negative effects”.
“But there may be some positive effect,” he said. “It could reduce stigma around cannabis use and make it easier for people who are dependent to seek treatment.”

President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation Alex Wodak said banning cannabis hadn’t stopped people using it, had distracted police and helped make some criminals rich.
“Regulating cannabis will give government more control and increase government revenue, which can be used to fund drug prevention and treatment,” Dr Wodak said.
The Australian Federal Police declined to comment on the law-enforcement challenges of the proposal.

{ 26 comments… add one }
  • Muphin 17/04/2018, 6:59 am

    Oh! those wacky Greens. No worries, the earth will collide with planet X Nibiru on Monday the 23rd April.

    https://globalnews.ca/news/4142327/planet-x-nibiru-world-ending-april-23/

    Further updates on the end of the earth can read on this site on Tuesday 24th April.

    • DT 17/04/2018, 8:13 am

      Named Nibiru by the Babylonians and Marduk by the Sumerians orbits and passes Earth every 3,600 years (from memory).

  • luk1955 17/04/2018, 7:07 am

    People smoke dope because it is illegal to do so. Legalising this act would eliminate the incentive to smoke so much of it. Mj causes fewer problem than alcohol or cancer sticks. And the war on drugs has led to more drug use, higher potency, cheaper price, much wider availability and the loss of civil liberties for all of us, as police now (at least in the US) suspect all people are on dope. The police and government love the war on dope as this war gives them extraordinary powers to abuse civil liberties. There was a similar war conducted on alcohol, aka Prohibition, which proved a massive failure. So alcohol was then taxed and controlled, and provides much tax revenue. Portugal has seen many problems disappear with the decriminalization of mj use, and send the people off for treatment instead.
    Mj use does not lead to many problems. The importation of terrorists by the government to remove our civil libs is a much bigger problem.
    I am going to depart from MM on this issue. At least decriminalise the use of mj, but not the harder stuff. Collect taxes on it, and get users into treatment programs. I favor the mix of Portugal’s success and what is going on in Colorado. But our jails are being clogged up with people using small amounts of mj, while the crims run free because there is no room in the jails.
    Then we can say that crimes committed under mj use fall into the voluntary category, rather than allow the use of mj as an excuse for a lighter or no sentence. So an involuntary homicide through vehicle use becomes now an intentional homicide because of the consumption of mj.
    So about 1 sentence of what this dopey green says makes sense. Beyond that, just the same stupid shit coming from this idiot.
    BTW, I do not use mj, harder drugs, or cancer sticks but I do like the occasional consumption of alcohol.

    • Pensioner Pete 17/04/2018, 7:31 am

      luk1955: I am with you on this issue, Portugal has shown the pathway in how to achieve positive progress with what is considered in other countries as illegal drug use, thus freeing up billions of dollars for other health issues in the country. Should the Australian government gather together enough balls, they too, could pull us out of the mire of the drug wars by treating drug use as the health issue it really is. The current situation with the ‘legalisation’ of medicinal cannabis oil in Australia is utterly ridiculous in that no one can actually access the cannabis oil for treatment. Don’t believe me? Ask your GP if they can do so.

    • Aktosplatz 17/04/2018, 7:42 am

      I also agree some drugs should be legalised. Remember Prohibition in the USA, how they banned alcohol(another drug btw)?

      And look at the problems that caused.

      • Xword 17/04/2018, 8:17 am

        If I was guv of a jail I’d ban gym equipment and encourage MJ horticulture

    • Jack Richards 17/04/2018, 9:46 am

      I’ve long been an advocate of the controlled legalisation of marijuana and other “recreational” drugs. It’s quite clear that the “war on drugs” has been a monumental failure even greater than prohibition of alcohol. All it, prohibition, does is create organised crime and give criminals huge and untaxed profits. I remember the days when gambling was illegal – and yet there were casinos all over Sydney and every Pub had an SP bookie run by the likes of Lennie McPherson, Abe Saffron and George Freeman. Prostitution was illegal and yet was carried on quite blatantly around Kings Cross.

      With the technology we have today it should be quite a simple thing to issue “user licences” and keep track of who’s buying how much and where.

      The system we already have for gun owners could be adapted. We already grow opium in Tasmania so why not extend that to Marijuana?

      The truth of the matter is that it’s easier for a 16 year-old to buy 50gm of weed than it is for them to buy a case of beer or a packet of cigarettes or 50gm of tobacco or a box of .22 bullets.

      No-one is ever going to stop drug use – just like they’ve never been able to stop people from drinking beer, wine and spirits; never been able to stop them having a bet. Prostitution is now legal in many places – in Canberra they even have “open days” at the brothels where the curious can come and have a look at what’s on offer.

      It would be far better for the government to collect the profits than the sleazes currently running the national and international drug trade.

    • Aktosplatz 17/04/2018, 2:18 pm

      In the car, later this morning, I heard Ray Hadley mention that the increase in medical costs to attend to drug users would keep escalating.

      He’s probably right.

  • Penguinite 17/04/2018, 7:57 am

    I’m not a user but just can’t agree that legalising Marijuana and creating a government agency to licence it will cause people to not abuse the stuff. I would hate to drive a car, for instance, in the knowledge that people were out there and more likely to be “loaded up”. It’s bad enough now and it’s illegal. A drug is a drug! Making it legal won’t make it any less soporific.

    • DT 17/04/2018, 8:15 am

      The police have reported that the number of drivers with breath alcohol at o.05 or higher detected now is far fewer than illegal drug users detected by them.

      • nev 17/04/2018, 12:57 pm

        Pen, I am not a user either, however I did try it a few times in Holland many years ago. I do recall that it did tend to have the effect of slowing your driving down that seemed to be a general perception by most users. It seemed to be a very convivial drug. I don’t know a bout when mixed with other drugs though.

        DT, I was at a meeting recently discussing this among other things related to the use of radar detectors. As I understand it, police have to rely on a specific blood test or saliva tests where drug use is suspected and that in it self has problems, for example a blood test can pick up MJ “ingested” over a week past when it can no longer have any physiological effect. There is also the use of illegal drugs as a statistical term. “Over the limit” when referring to booze statistically, only involves alcohol and could reasonably be expected to be accurate. Where as statistics on illegal drug use can involve myriad types and combos of which MJ could be a small part.

  • Don 17/04/2018, 8:21 am

    Can’t believe – an article using the word “dope” without a single reference to our PM – a missed chance.

    • DT 17/04/2018, 9:10 am

      Thank you for pointing it out.

      I agree.

    • Lorraine 17/04/2018, 10:46 am

      You are now getting the drift there are many other dopes in Government. Richard and Malcolm are only .the 2 mentioned today. Mental capacity missed the Greens at birth, they do have serious defects in gender liquidity as well

  • Deano 17/04/2018, 10:27 am

    Interesting to see how most of the MSM suddenly did a 180 degree about face on cannabis about 2 years ago. Up until then, it was known to lead to mental problems – mainly schizophrenia, with many health experts stating the evidence was overwhelming. Suddenly cannabis is a useful medical substance with nothing but benefits.

    Behind the scenes policy change eh?

  • Lorraine 17/04/2018, 10:55 am

    many years later after attending a Party, there was a smell I was not use to and also shrill giggles from some , and there was no joke told, I concluded that I was at a party with drugs on the menu. I have seen 18 year olds known to my own children stoned and unable to get out of a chair . If the so called medical people think this is ok, I’ll be damned. As the Greens leader has forwarded the legalizing of drugs, this will be for a tax take and a further destruction of the person

    • Ex ADF 17/04/2018, 6:44 pm

      Lorraine, while I do not agree with open slather on marijuana use, I have been to many parties, functions, celebrations etc etc where alcohol has been the main reason for people being unable to get out of chairs, get up after falling over, fighting, vomiting, abusive and most other anti social behaviours. I have never seen marijuana users in the same way.

      • Lorraine 17/04/2018, 10:25 pm

        these people were lethargic ,no go in them at all , walking dead you may say, except walking was beyond their brains. so befuddled they were incapable of anything. yes I have seen drunks, yes I have see abusive ,fighting and anti social
        behaviour , these were dullards. one bong after another bong

  • Penguinite 17/04/2018, 12:15 pm

    A DOPE legislating dope? A confluence of idiocy!

  • angry 17/04/2018, 12:26 pm

    What a surprise !

    The “greens” are all DOPE HEADS………..

  • Zoltan 17/04/2018, 2:04 pm

    I don’t care, the “war on drugs” is never taken seriously anyway. Woe betide any stoned wanker who lands in the Phillipines where the war on drugs is being taken seriously and won.

  • Graham Richards 17/04/2018, 2:20 pm

    This year Cannabis, next year ice, & by 2025 Cocain & Heroin must be legalised. What a party shall be held by all! If the Waffler in Chief is looking for votes as well it’ll happen?

  • Ex ADF 17/04/2018, 5:19 pm

    Couple of good fun experiences on dope in my younger days. Don’t think it did me any harm.

    • Lorraine 17/04/2018, 10:27 pm

      big deal yippee, so you feel you must stand up for the dope industry , because it did you no harm

  • Graham Richards 17/04/2018, 8:53 pm

    There is no “war on drugs”. If you want war I’ll give it to you:
    Dealing in banned substances: mandatory 35 years imprisonment without parole. That includes importation & or manufacture, agricultural production without licensing.
    Streetdealers 35 years mandatory imprisonment, no parole.
    Possession of banned substances 20 years mandatory, no parole.
    Dealers to forfeit assets to state as contribution to rehabilitation of addicts.

    Build new prison to house offenders in remote area. Visitation rights: I visit per 3 months.
    We don’t have the death penalty but a harsh environment will make the death penalty a good alternative.

    Within 1 / 2 years the Dope pedlars will give up and seek other markets. It’s the only way to handle mass murderers. That’s what a “war on drugs” should look like.

    • Zoltan 18/04/2018, 8:59 am

      Quite so

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