“We can legalise it!” Greens Senator and the party’s justice spokesperson David Shoebridge announced on Twitter on Monday, referring to “legal advice obtained by my office that shows that the Greens can pass a bill to legalise cannabis nationally”.
“Once this occurs, all state and territory laws contrary to the legal use of cannabis under the Commonwealth laws (being the current State criminal sanctions) would cease to have effect.”
“We will be consulting extensively on our bill to present a model to parliament with broad support that can actually become law, if not in this parliament then in the next one,” a spokesperson for David Shoebridge told SBS News on Monday.
State progress ‘taking forever’
“We take the campaign on federally and what’s exciting is we now have constitutional legal advice that says the Commonwealth Parliament can just move and legalise cannabis.”
The Greens say they have new constitutional advice that proves federal parliament can override state-based criminalisation of cannabis. Source: AAP
The Greens claim the war on cannabis is not working to reduce drug use in Australia and its criminalisation leads to the unnecessary policing of young and vulnerable people, supports organised crime, and leads to the use of more harmful drugs such as methamphetamines.
“You can tax it and that money, instead of going into bikie gangs, it can go to hospitals and schools.”
Lack of support from Labor and the Liberals
“It’s a case of ‘when’ not ‘if’. Our job here is to make the ‘when’ happen.”
For people aged 14 and over in Australia in 2019, 36 per cent had used cannabis in their lifetime, the AIHW said.