#Legalize It

Cannabis must be treated in the same way as alcohol and tobacco.

POLICY BRIEF

  •  Re-legalise and regulate Cannabis for personal, medical and industrial use, by first amending the Narcotics Drug (Control) Act 1976 to remove cannabis from the list of contraband drugs. 

  • Reforms allowing consumers and/or carers to grow cannabis in their gardens or indoors.  

  • Allow for health education, home growing, and regulated sales through registered outlets which will separate Cannabis from the criminality of the black-market and end consequent associated corruption.

  • Allow medical use, utilising Cannabis’ painkilling, relaxing, anti-nausea and healing properties.

  • Establish a commercial hemp industry producing fuel, fibre, paper, textiles, food, oil and other environmentally sound products.

  • Release all those imprisoned for Cannabis alone and the removal of all records of previous criminal Cannabis convictions.

  • Fund and conduct scientific, commercial and industrial research through governmental institutions like Department of Plant Resources, or collaborate with universities and independent research entities. 

  • A unified independent cannabis authority overseeing personal-use cannabis and hemp production to include end-users and those experienced in cultivation and production in decision-making processes. 

  • An amnesty period for current grey-market growers to transition to become licensed producers with ongoing support provided to boutique growers, small producers, and compassion clubs. Subsidies to incentivise start-ups and not-for-profits.

  • Road Safety laws to be amended to allow for a defence for medicinal users.

  • A state-based licensing system covering all commercial operations including production, manufacturing, and retail / dispensing.

  • State-regulated affordable testing facilities available for producers, growers, and consumers. Such services to be reasonably priced, easy to access with all restrictions currently hampering testing to be lifted.

 

FOOD & FUEL

Better protein than beef from hemp seed edestine and albumin plus Omega-3, 6 and nine essential Fatty Acids.

Cleaner energy than crude oil from a renewable resource and Carbon sink.

Fibre

Stronger textile than cotton, more productive than trees and biodegradable

Medicine

Safer choice than pharmaceuticals and less toxic as a prevention and cure for illness and disease

Cosmetics

Superior facial creams, body lotions, soaps, lip balm, shampoo and conditioner, massage oil with hemp seed oil are just some of many products.

Recreation

Healthier option than alcohol and can help overcome an alcohol or drug dependency. Cannabis therapy reduces stress and relieves tension.

Cannabis is a herb!

  • Every part of the plant is used — root, leaves, and flowers for medicine; stems for textiles, rope, and paper; seeds for food and oil. Hemp is a valuable resource for methanol and bio-diesel.

  • Hemp seed typically contains over 30% oil and about 25% protein, with dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals.

  • Studies of cannabinoid biology have lead to many discoveries in neuroscience and immunology. The endocannabinoid system, operates in the regulation of brain function and the immune system.

  • Cannabis as a commodity will have far-reaching consequences on legislation and the value of other commodities including crude oil, coal, cotton, beef & dairy, soybean, wood-pulp, building materials, pharmaceuticals, alcohol, tobacco and etc. Cannabis has huge potential.