OUT OF STEP

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

IN THE USA, where mar­i­juana pro­hi­bi­tion orig­i­nated, pres­sure on leg­is­la­tors to le­galise it is likely to re­sult in 60 mil­lion peo­ple liv­ing with­out the fear of mar­i­juana pro­hi­bi­tion laws, af­ter elec­tion day 2016. Half of Amer­i­can states have le­galised med­i­cal mar­i­juana and na­tion­wide sup­port of com­plete mar­i­juana le­gal­i­sa­tion stands at above 50%; four states and DC have al­ready le­galised it, five sates will prob­a­bly le­gal­ize it in 2016, in three states the prospect looks promis­ing and in another two states there is an out­side chance of le­gal­i­sa­tion. Mean­while Queens­land, with the most dra­co­nian drug laws in Aus­tralia, still la­bels mar­i­juana a ‘dan­ger­ous drug’ and pur­sues tok­ers and grow­ers with un­abated en­thu­si­asm. It is time for Queens­land to look at and see the un­fold­ing events in mar­i­juana pro­hi­bi­tion its clos­est ally and the world and de­clare a mora­to­rium on mar­i­juana per­se­cu­tion while the gov­ern­ment deals with the re­search in me­dial ef­fi­cacy and the prime knowl­edge that mar­i­juana is a recre­ational drug far safer and so­cially cheaper that the le­gal al­ter­na­tive: al­co­hol.

DI­ETER MOECKEL

Won­bah

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.