Legalisation of Marijuana


The Child Protection Party does not have any policy or policy position on the legalisation of marijuana.

Following a query from a party member, we have decided to sound out your views.

Should the Party have a policy or policy position on the subject?
  • Should we support the total legalisation of marijuana?
    • If so, for what reasons do you think we should have a policy or a policy position?
    • If not, for what reasons do you think we should not have a policy or a policy position?
  • Should we support the legalisation of marijuana for medicinal use only?
    • If so, for what reasons do you think we should have a policy or a policy position?
      • Can you cite medical conditions for which scientific evidence shows marijuana is effective?
      • Can you cite scientific evidence that the benefits outweigh any the costs?
    • If not, for what reasons do you think we should not have a policy or a policy position?
      • Can you cite scientific evidence which shows marijuana is not effective?
      • Can you cite scientific evidence that the costs outweigh any benefits?

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14 comments


  • Jarred

    Hi there,

    As apparent in the majority of your comments the CPP should have a policy supporting the legalisation of cannabis as it does help people, it helps people, and most of all it keeps families together. Ripping apart a functional, conducive family all for the OPINION of what others believe to be deemed as wrong when in all matter of fact they are doing good is ignorant.

    90% of Australians want cannabis legalised and the other 10% just haven’t smoked a joint yet. This country will prosper beyond belief by allowing a plant that once grew freely to grow again without criminal reprimand.

    This is a no-brainer. Support policies legalising cannabis or be left behind. It’s your choice.


  • jan

    I would support any party that would support Cannabis , its high time people realized the amount of good this plant can do , My own parents drank and the destruction of family life was destroyed , yet drinking is legal and seen as a normal thing to do . I started smoking Cannabis to wind down after long day just like people have a drink to do same , i am 59 now and still use cannabis and i am not on any meds what so ever . I know of many people who have used cannabis to help them in all manner of ways . so please consider supporting the legalizing of Cannabis for the good of people .


  • Gail

    I think the CPP should have a policy on legalising Cannabis (marijuana) because its time to end the war on all cannabis users, and Parliament is the only place that can happen.

    Often adult users of cannabis are embroiled in family court proceedings where it is used as a weapon against them. It is fairly common to see children being taken away because of parental cannabis use; or because parents are medicating their child successfully from the green market for conditions such as epilepsy or autism. Too many parents have been screwed over by obstacles put in place by the current law which prevents access to medical cannabis on prescription for their child.

    Thus you would find that many cannabis users would support your mission to correct the deficiencies in the legislation affecting families and achieving the best possible outcomes for all children and their carers. Children need be protected from evil in society and evil in bureaucratic processes.

    When Cannabis became prohibited in the 1930s, there was NO scientific based evidence to prove or backup the narrative that cannabis was dangerous. It was in common use by doctors and highly regarded as a good safe medicine. At the same time, HEMP was used in many industries but it was seen as a growing threat to others, such as the emerging petrochemical industry, as competition that would affect their bottom line profits. A group of businessmen instigated a vigorous and racist driven campaign, known as reefer madness, that saw Cannabis / hemp renamed “marijuana” and labelled the devils lettuce. The war on cannabis intensified during the 70s with US President Nixon’s “Just Say No” campaign; and ongoing propaganda, expedited by carefully chosen “expert” opinion that suits the narrative of modern political Party policy, has perpetuated the war on personal users of cannabis ever since.
    https://www.cnbs.org/cannabis-101/cannabis-prohibition/

    Today, Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in this country and decades of harm minimisation policy have failed to reduce either supply or demand for it.

    Recreational cannabis is a billion dollar a year industry. It makes no sense to leave it in the hands of criminals who pay no tax. The GST on recreational products could benefit the national economy and assist with state based income from licensing and other fees.

    As over 90% of drug related arrests every year are for consumers – mostly cannabis users. Legalising it would drastically reduce that number and the money and court resources being wasted on prosecuting these cases.

    Many adults enjoy using cannabis as a social drug – much like alcohol. Since legalisation in other countries it has been widely studied. Cannabis has been found to have far less damaging impacts on the health (even with long term use), than any other drug used for recreational therapy. Many successful and professional people use it in preference to alcohol as it tends not to leave them feeling groggy with a hangover.

    Internationally, Cannabis is no longer viewed as a gateway drug but more and more is seen as an exit drug for people hooked on opioids and alcohol. Increasing numbers of doctors are prescribing it in this country as a treatment for common mental health conditions that have long been purported to have been caused by cannabis – such as depression, anxiety, ptsd, insomnia. Some patients are using CBD to treat the symptoms of psychosis.

    Prohibitionist political policy and academic “experts” also advocate that cannabis is a threat to public safety, but people who get “high” on cannabis usually tend to be laid back and good humoured when “intoxicated” as opposed to those who can become aggressive and obnoxious in the blink of an eye when drunk, flying into a rage that can end in one punch kills that are a far greater threat to the community. A good many domestic violence incidents have too much alcohol at their core.

    There is a saying in the cannabis using community: put 5 drunks together and they start a fight; put five stoners together and they start a band.

    Same can be said of driving under the influence of cannabis. It is often said that drunk people tend to think they are bullet proof and run red lights; while people who are stoned wait patiently for the stop sign to turn green.

    Random roadside drug testing for cannabis is for presence ONLY – impairment is NOT taken into account – and zero tolerance is in place nationally. This needs to change, especially as the number of legally prescribed patients grows rapidly. Parliament is the only place that can happen too. Studies carried out by the Lambert Initiative at Sydney University have revealed that regular cannabis users pose little threat to other road users’ safety.

    https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2020/12/02/Cannabidiol-CBD-in-cannabis-does-not-impair-driving-landmark-study-shows.html

    https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2021/12/02/thc-blood-saliva-poor-measures-cannabis-impairment-lambert-study.html?fbclid=IwAR1ZyslekNlucOMm1w5XC6DUBoAL2BjCez7tRha1Fpq6QBvEz3cQ9WWk7o0

    Medical cannabis became legal in 2016 without ANY consultation with cannabis users. And the system is not fit for purpose. Since then over 100,000 scripts have been issued by doctors to those who can afford the products and the excessive consultation costs, to treat a multitude of conditions – with no record of serious or harmful side effects or life threatening adverse reactions. Cannabis is an extremely safe medicine that works in conjunction with the body’s endocannabinoid system to bring about homeostasis and promote healing the natural way.

    There are many people who use cannabis for the relief of symptoms such as chronic pain, insomnia and anxiety without a prescription or doctors supervision. Some have done so for decades yet if caught, they are treated as criminals not patients. Many who want to go the legal route simply cannot afford to do so, so they run the gauntlet of growing their own while living in fear of being caught.

    There needs to be changes to the system that ONLY delivers expensive, govt authorised, doctor prescribed, corporatized medical cannabis. A state based policy could create a compassionate subsidy scheme for these people as recommended by the Inquiry into the Barriers to Medical Cannabis in 2020. Or better still allow them to grow their own similar to the ACT.

    Other than medical use, the benefits of a thriving and viable HEMP industry that could feed manufacturing of textiles, paper, building material and plastics would create jobs and prosperity if we were to treat HEMP as a crop and not as a drug.

    Several countries in Europe are in the process of legalising. Canada legalised several years ago. Many states in the US have legalised it. It has been legal to grow your own in the ACTnow for a couple of years. All of this without any disastrous impact on society. Australia needs to follow suit and the only place it is going to happen is in Parliament. The Federal LNP have repeatedly said they have no intention of legalising cannabis and that it is essentially a “state issue”.

    A policy supporting legalisation needs to be written in consultation with the cannabis using community and such a policy would encourage cannabis using voters to preference your Party higher up on their ballot paper. We need minor party candidates on the cross bench to hold the balance of power to ensure the democratic process remains viable and representation is fair and equitable.


  • Libbi Duffy

    Firstly I’d like to acknowledge that I’ll be referring to the plant as cannabis rather than ‘marijuana’ as this is what it was called previous to prohibition in the 1930’s, when it was also readily available as medicine through a pharmacy.
    The term marijuana was created to demonise the plant and those who used it, also having racist overtones.
    This seemed to happen around the time rubber was being promoted, at this time hemp was used as one of the strongest natural resources, historically it seems to have been around for a VERY long time.
    I believe that legalising both medical and personal use of cannabis is a no brainer, from your platform of child protection right through to environmental protection there are a myriad of benefits!
    In other areas of the world where this has taken place statistics are very positive surrounding teenage use, it hasn’t increased! https://www.greenentrepreneur.com/article/336612 (links to studies in article)
    Furthering this is the benefits on the legal system and needless convictions for small time personal users.
    People engaging in personal use would no longer be having to deal with criminal elements to obtain cannabis, they also would know the exact composition of the substance, without legal access, anything can be sold as “cannabis” which can contain dangerous additives that cause negative effects.
    People caught up in buying or selling small quantities wouldn’t be clogging up our legal system, saving many tax dollars better used elsewhere.
    Currently much of hemp plantations are being wasted which could be used for numerous purposes, ( https://amp.abc.net.au/article/11788030 )this is due to the complexity of current laws.
    Ultimately this is a plant that had long been regarded as beneficial looking back in history, classing it in the same category as other illicit substances, that routinely cause both health problems and death, is inherently wrong!


  • debbie

    yes we need action in all fields of use for hemp/marijuana…including housing, and mostly for all my fellow people who live every day in pain😑


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