Petition Started Calling On Queensland To Legalise Cannabis
Hot off the heels of the ACT's loosening of laws around cannabis, it seems like people in Queensland wants to follow in its footsteps.
An online petition has been started to see what the public's opinion is on the matter in the Sunshine State.
After being up for around 24 hours, it's already garnered more than 1,200 signatures, which is a healthy sign that people are keen for it to come to fruition.
It was started by MP Michael Berkman, who has written the stipulations he'd like to see put into law.
"Criminalisation has not prevented or reduced cannabis use, and has instead resulted in further harms to drug users forced into interaction with dealers and the criminal justice system," Mr Berkman writes.
"Drug use, including the use of cannabis, should be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal one.
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"This has been recognised in various other jurisdictions, including most recently in the Australian Capital Territory which has decriminalised cannabis growth and possession for personal use."
He's calling on the State Government to 'legalise the growth, possession, use and supply of cannabis for adults in Queensland, provide amnesty for people with current cannabis-related convictions and increase funding for drug support services'.
It'll be interesting to see whether this makes enough noise for the parliament to consider following the ACT.
However the Australian Capital Territory has been warned that the federal government could overturn the decision.
Home affairs minister Peter Dutton has told 2GB radio station: "I think it might be trendy for the ACT government to go down this path, and they'll say they're enlightened and progressive and all the rest of it. But I think it's dangerous...[Attorney General] Christian Porter is having a look at it at the moment."
While it's still illegal to sell cannabis to anyone, people over the age of 18 are now able to walk around the nation's capital and surrounding areas with 50 grams of the green stuff as well as grow two plants on your property.
Mr Porter told 6PR radio: "If you're in the ACT waking up today and you want to possess marijuana, be careful, because there are commonwealth laws that still apply."
He added to the Guardian that he thought the move was 'a very bad idea' but he will be looking into 'what issues may arise to the enforcement of existing commonwealth laws that criminalise the possession of prohibited drugs, including marijuana'.
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