"Banning cannabis hasn't reduced its use or availability, yet it has distracted police from following up more serious crimes, harmed a lot of young people and helped make some criminals rich", President Alex Wodak said.
In Australia, the United States, and all over the world, the war on drugs has caused more than its fair share of harm, and it seems that finally, things are changing. Should cannabis be legalised?
The party's proposal bears more similarities to Uruguay's government-controlled cannabis program than the recreational marijuana markets launched in some USA states.
Under the Greens' plan, adults would be able to grow up to six cannabis plants for personal use.
'I'm excited by the approach of the Trudeau Government as there is a strong emphasis on keeping initial prices of legal cannabis down to collapse illicit markets, ' he said.
Former Australian Federal Police commissioner Mick Palmer backed the Greens' policy, slamming the so-called "war on drugs" as an abysmal failure.
"We need to get real about cannabis". The plan would establish an Australian Cannabis Agency, which would have a complete monopoly on the production, supply, and sale of cannabis.
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"Prohibition has failed. Using cannabis remains illegal, but this has not stopped Australians from using it".
Richard Di Natale is pushing for the controversial move to legalise cannabis for adults.
Not everyone is against the idea, with the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation welcoming the announcement.
"Regulating cannabis will give government more control and increase government revenue, which can be used to fund drug prevention and treatment".
The Greens have launched a new push to legalise cannabis. The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission reports that over 75,000 people are arrested every year for cannabis-related crimes.
"Polls have consistently shown that Australians would like to see cannabis taxed and regulated".
The Greens leader, a former drug and alcohol doctor, said Australia's tough approach to drugs had caused enormous harm.
He expects the plan to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, helping fund treatment, education and other harm reduction programs.