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The Greens have proposed legalising cannabis for recreational use, becoming the largest political party in Australia to support drug legalisation.
In a statement, leader Richard Di Natale said “the war on drugs has failed” and that “the ‘tough on drugs’ approach causes enormous harm”. The policy would establish an Australian Cannabis Agency to regulate the production and sale of cannabis and enforce restrictions, direct tax revenue from cannabis sales toward the public health system, and allow people to grow cannabis at home. Australian Medical Association vice-president Tony Bartone criticised the proposal, saying the AMA had “considerable concerns about the risk for the young brain”