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


  • Michael Windsor

    My position on this subject and i would like to see the parties’ position being that Cannabis or Marijuana should not be a prohibited substance for both Medical and recreational uses in this country. I myself see the effects of this substance to be nowhere near the detrimental social behaviour and health degrading substances that are sold in bottle shops every day. A criminal is a criminal and a Marijuana user is not a criminal. Yes, there are criminals that smoke Marijuana, there are criminals that drink alcohol and there are criminals that dont use either of these. In Australia, the cost of this prohibition with wasted police resources, wasted money and time in our court houses and other related costs is 1.5 billion dollars per year.
    For a substance that does not incite violence, does not increase the crime rate ( exception on charges relating to cannabis use or distribution).Does not take a person to a state of intoxication where one can’t remember what they have done. Does not take a person to a state where it is fatal with overdose.
    But it does, Stop, control or dramatically slow down the onset of Fits or convulsions. Relieve pain in chronic back injurie patients. Relieve pain and suffering with Cancer patients. and so many other medical ailments e.g. Insomnia and depression.
    It is. A sustainable product that can be used in the production of Clothing. Oils, THC. free food products like flour, fuel, soap and so many others.
    On a recreational scale. it has the potential of raising up to 650 million dollars in taxpayer revenue for the Australian economy. This is money now that is already being spent by cannabis users not a projection of new money spent. This money finds its way to organised crime rings due to prohibition.
    Financially. there is a 2-billion-dollar turnaround for the Australian economy. 2 BILLION DOLLARS. Thats an extra 2 billion dollars for the Australian government to spend on Education, Health, Public housing, infrastructure and the list goes on. 2 billion Dollars.
    In addition to this it has a hidden positive impact. Many offenders in our jails are repeat offenders. The first offence being Cannabis related that is the reason they are placed into the correctional system. A system where they will encounter hardened criminals who become peers or stand over influences in a person’s life that until this time was not a criminal but a user of cannabis. these are Peers and influences that would never be met, there for these future crimes would not be committed.
    Kids and Teens. Laws should not only Prohibit the use or supply but age limits in my view for both Cannabis and alcohol should be raised to 21 years and chronic addicts that commit any related crimes should be able to be banned from consumption.
    Workplaces and use of machinery and road vehicles. Any substance that even slightly impairs judgment or cognition should be prohibited in these areas.


  • Janette

    I don’t believe it would be appropriate for the CPP to develop a policy about this. At a push, I’d say they could develop a policy regarding medicinal use for children but strictly only for conditions where substantial rigorous research has shown that it is beneficial. The CPP should definitely not develop a policy about total legislation of marijuana as it has nothing to do with child protection and I’m assuming the CPP is not expecting to be in a position to have any major influence on the topic. I have read a few articles reporting on research into the benefits of marijuana (sorry I don’t have time to look any up) but there needs to be more research. I’d be happy to see medicinal marijuana legalised but as noted, only for conditions that have been thoroughly researched with findings that strongly support its benefits and demonstrate that those benefits outweigh the risks and side effects. I think this is something that the CPP should steer clear of.


  • Toni

    Yes to both
    I believe it would be favourable for the CPP to have a wide range of policies that are not child focused as we need to target childless, youth populations.


  • T.O

    Yes, because too many ice addicts now and it’s taking over. If it is carefully monitored in certain dosage it can be used Medicinally to help health problems. E.g.. anxiety, depression, painkillers, headaches. It’s safer than over dosaging on Pharmaceutical drugs because of it’s chemical components. It’s man-made therefor in big amounts is not good for our liver etc and possibly hearts of patients with heart problems.


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