New push to legalise cannabis and sell it in shops

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The federal government has rejected a Greens proposal to legalise cannabis use. Using fish to grow cannabis in a natural ecosystem environment, aquaponics doesn't require the use of fertilizers and produces an end product as pure and natural as possible - something particularly important with cannabis oil.

'Regulating cannabis will give government more control and increase government revenue, which can be used to fund drug prevention and treatment'.

"It's time Australia joined them and legalised cannabis for adult use".

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan toldTheJournal.ie that the creation of a coffee-shop culture in Ireland might prompt cannabis-takers to use the drug in a regulated environment.

Gary Demeulenaere, director of legal and policy services in the Department of Justice and Public Safety, said on CBC Radio's Island Morning that the legislation takes the approach of describing where marijuana use is allowed, rather than listing where it is prohibited. 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.

"The Greens see drug use as a health issue, not a criminal issue".

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Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm said his party had long-held the position of legalising marijuana, criticising the 80,000 cannabis-related arrests each year.

Crossbench senator Derryn Hinch also backed the Greens' push, saying "you'd ban alcohol and cigarettes" too if the argument was that it's bad for you.

But dozens of other countries have relaxed their marijuana laws over the years, legalizing medical marijuana, decriminalizing recreational use or easing the enforcement of possession laws.

The Greens leader, a former drug and alcohol doctor, pointed to a recent poll showing 55 per cent of Australians believed cannabis should be regulated and taxed like alcohol or tobacco.

Arguing that the war on drugs had failed, Senator Di Natale said Australia's approach to illicit drugs was an "unmitigated disaster" and it was time for real reform.

The Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation's Alex Wodak said banning cannabis had distracted police from following up more serious crimes and helped make some criminals rich.

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