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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9 comments


  • Jake

    Yes you should have a policy to legalise cannabis, It’s common sense


  • Jante

    Yes
    Legalise marijuana for both medicinal and recreational use for all the reasons above
    Much less harmful than alcohol yet more healing too by far


  • Avery

    Addendum to my first post.

    I fully support the legalisation of marijuana for medical use.

    While I am not suggesting the CPP formulate a policy or policy position on recreational use, personally I would support for the decriminalisation of marijuana for recreational use. Note that decriminalisation is not the same as legalisation. Having said that, legalisation in the states in the USA and in countries like the Netherlands and Portugal has shown a dramatic decrease in drug-related crime and, with respect to marijuana has produced a huge increase in tax revenues.


  • Avery

    Some 30 countries and 33 states in the USA have legalised the use of marijuana for medical use in some form.

    It is used to treat:
    Alzheimer’s disease
    Appetite loss
    Cancer
    Crohn’s disease
    Eating disorders such as anorexia
    Epilepsy
    Glaucoma
    Mental health conditions like schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    Multiple sclerosis
    Muscle spasms
    Nausea
    Pain
    Wasting syndrome (cachexia)

    The greatest amount of evidence for the therapeutic effects of cannabis relates to its ability to reduce chronic pain, nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, and spasticity [tight or stiff muscles] from MS.

    Research suggests cannabinoids might:

    Reduce anxiety
    Reduce inflammation and relieve pain
    Control nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy
    Kill cancer cells and slow tumour growth
    Relax tight muscles in people with MS
    Stimulate appetite and improve weight gain in people with cancer and AIDS.


  • Janette

    I have already responded but wanted to add something. I hope that’s okay. There is an abundance of research with consistent findings that marijuana is a dangerous substance and is not the ‘harmless’ drug that it is often purported to be (not purported by researchers but by the general public). Focusing on children and their safety, someone who is high on marijuana is not going to be in a fit state to safely look after children. Total legislation (by which I assume you mean legalising marijuana) sends a message that it’s safe which it certainly is not. The situation is already bad enough with irresponsible people smoking marijuana then driving or going to work or smoking marijuana when they are looking after children. Look at the irresponsibility of people when it comes to alcohol and driving/caring for children etc. The same will happen with marijuana only worse. You can have a drink or two of alcohol and still be fully capable of looking after children and driving a vehicle but you can’t say the same for marijuana. If any party proposed legalisation of marijuana for anything other than medicinal purposes, they would not get my vote and I wouldn’t be a member of that party.


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