Northern Territory set to allow the growing and smoking of marijuana

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  • Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner supports legalising cannabis
  • He compared decriminalising marijuana to drawn-out debate on gay marriage
  • NT would become the first part of Australia to allow buying and carrying weed
  • Northern Territory was the first jurisdiction in the world to allow euthanasia

By STEPHEN JOHNSON:

The Northern Territory has hinted it wants to be the first part of Australia where people can legally buy and smoke weed.

Labor Chief Minister Michael Gunner compared decriminalising marijuana to Australia’s drawn-out debate on legalising same sex marriage.

‘At the moment, we have shown that we’re not always as progressive as other parts of the world – you only have to look at the same sex marriage debate,’ he told reporters today.

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The Northern Territory has hinted it wants to be the first part of Australia where people can buy and smoke weed

The Northern Territory has hinted it wants to be the first part of Australia where people can buy and smoke weed

‘We’re probably behind the conversation in some respects around how you handle drugs in this country.’

The Northern Territory leader’s call to legalise cannabis for personal use came after Colorado and California in the United States recently allowed people to grow and carry 28 grams of marijuana.

Mr Gunner said drug law reform in the U.S. was likely to have flow-on effects in Australia, and made the call a day after his government confirmed cabinet was discussing allowing the industrial cultivation of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

‘No one in Australia has done it yet. Quite a few American states have. I do think it’s going to become a more common topic in Australia,’ he said.

Labor Chief Minister Michael Gunner compared decriminalising marijuana to Australia's drawn-out debate on legalising same sex marriage

Labor Chief Minister Michael Gunner compared decriminalising marijuana to Australia’s drawn-out debate on legalising same sex marriage

The Northern Territory leader's call to legalise cannabis came after Colorado and California in the United States recently allowed people to grow and carry 28 grams of marijuana

The Northern Territory leader’s call to legalise cannabis came after Colorado and California in the United States recently allowed people to grow and carry 28 grams of marijuana

In March a Victorian parliamentary inquiry called for marijuana liberalisation, arguing legalised cannabis could be regulated so it had child-proof packaging and was only available for sale to adults.

Possessing marijuana is illegal in every state and territory, however the Greens and Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm have called for this to change.

In South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, offenders caught with small amounts of cannabis pay a fine and avoid criminal charges.

In other Australian states, repeat offenders are charged after cautions and treatment programs fail. In March a Victorian parliamentary inquiry called for drug law reform, arguing cannabis could be regulated so it had child-proof packaging and was only available for sale to adults

In March a Victorian parliamentary inquiry called for drug law reform, arguing cannabis could be regulated so it had child-proof packaging and was only available for sale to adultsIn South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, offenders caught with small amounts of cannabis pay a fine and avoid criminal charges

In South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, offenders caught with small amounts of cannabis pay a fine and avoid criminal charges.

In the United States, Colorado allows people aged 21 or older to grow and carry 28 grams of cannabis.

California this year allowed adults to buy a similar quantity of marijuana for personal use.

Federally, both major parties in Australia support medicinal cannabis however they have drawn the line at recreational marijuana use.

In 1995, the Northern Territory became the first jurisdiction in the world to pass a law allowing voluntary euthanasia.

This was two years before assisted suicide for the terminally ill was legalised in the U.S. state of Oregon and six years before it was allowed in The Netherlands and Belgium.

However, the Howard government in 1997 overturned those Northern Territory laws which allowed a doctor to euthanase a terminally-ill person with their consent.

Source:http://www.dailymail.co.uk

 

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