War on drugs

Simon Hazelman Savusavu | Friday, December 15, 2017
WHILE synthetic drugs needs to be the main focus for eradication, I believe our Government and our police force ought to loosen up the fight on marijuana.

I believe 65 per cent of tourists to our shores, making up more than 500,000 each year, come from Australia and New Zealand, two countries whose grip on marijuana is not as drastic as ours and who are already in the process of legalising it.

In April of 2016, Victoria became the first state in Australia to legalise weed with access to its Medical Cannabis Bill 2016.

New South Wales followed suit in July and became the first state to secure a licence to start growing marijuana for medical purposes. Queensland, Tasmania, Western and South Australia recently followed suit.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed NZ would hold a referendum on whether to legalise recreational marijuana use within three years.

Ms Ardern stated she had always been open about the fact she did not believe people should be imprisoned for personal use of cannabis.

Hemp, on the other hand, has been in commercial production for about a decade now and food products have been approved for human consumption in both countries.

While alcohol and cigarettes have been scientifically proven to be much more deadly than marijuana, it is only appropriate that we legalise it.

I believe licences also need to be open for farmers to cultivate hemp for a lucrative commercial industry.

I believe the recreational use of marijuana by tourists to our shores has been happening for decades now.

Instead of fighting a losing battle, I believe it is wiser we be part of a solution and not part of an ongoing problem. We need to approach and deal with the issue in a much more responsible and thoughtful manner.

I believe the demand from locals and internationals will remain steadfast!

I believe the powers that be really need to know which way the smoke is blowing!

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