New push to legalise cannabis and sell it in shops

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Nearly 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.

"It's no longer all that unusual or "out there" to support the legalisation of cannabis", Moran went on to say.

It will call for a regulated cannabis market with retail shops to be established.

But Senator Di Natale argues governments around the world are realising that prohibition of cannabis causes more harm than it prevents.

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.

Under the Greens' proposal, an agency would be created to issue licenses for marijuana production and sale, as well as act as the single cannabis wholesaler.

But despite these concerns, the AMA is still convinced that cannabis prohibition has been a failure.

Strict penalties would apply to anyone caught for the sale of unlicensed or black market cannabis, the sale of cannabis to under age consumers and other breaches of license conditions.

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Alex Wodak, president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, welcomed the announcement.

Labor leader Bill Shorten said his party had no intentions of supporting the policy, but said more should be done to make it more accessible for medicinal use.

Colorado food service workers are the most likely to use pot, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, with employees in the accommodation and food services industry (30.1%) and those who worked in food preparation and serving occupations (32.2%) reporting the highest prevalence of marijuana use during 2014 and 2015. Should cannabis be legalised?

The Green Party announced a new policy position which suggests Ireland should decriminalise possessing and growing cannabis for personal use as well as the introduction of Dutch-style coffee shops.

"Former Australian Federal Police (AFP) commissioner Mick Palmer has come out in support of the Greens" cannabis initiative.

"This is a substance that has the potential for significant health issues that have significant harm and we need to ensure that everyone is aware of those consequences", Dr Tony Bartone from the Australian Medical Association said.

"Cannabis is a relatively safe drug, it's safer than tobacco and alcohol".

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