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Victorians: Voice Your Cannabis Opinions Now

in Victoria

The Victorian Parliament is now taking submissions towards the inquiry into the use of cannabis in Victoria. Public and confidential submissions are welcomed by the committee until August 31st.

It’s taken a little while, but submissions finally opened after the committee granted themselves a one-year extension on the reporting date – now March 31st, 2021.

The committee was created to inquire into five aspects of cannabis in the state:

  • Prevent young people and children from accessing and using cannabis in Victoria
  • Protect public health and public safety in relation to the use of cannabis in Victoria
  • Implement health education campaigns and programs to ensure children and young people are aware of the dangers of drug use, in particular, cannabis use
  • Prevent criminal activity relating to the illegal cannabis trade in Victoria, and
  • Assess the health, mental health, and social impacts of cannabis use on people who use cannabis, their families and carers

They’ve also been tasked with examining regions with already proven success regarding cannabis, and how those models can be adapted for Victoria.

Fiona Patten, leader of the Reason Party and Committee Chair, wants to hear from members of the community on the current restrictions of cannabis, and whether they should be changed.

We want to hear from community members about the current restrictions on the use of cannabis in Victoria and whether these are appropriate,” Committee Chair Fiona Patten said. We’re interested in hearing people’s views on whether use of cannabis should remain legal for medical treatment only or whether current restrictions on use of cannabis should be changed,” Ms Patten said.

Anyone and everyone in Victoria is welcome to make a submission. If you have an opinion on medicinal and recreational cannabis, now is the time to voice it to the government.

At the same time, it’s crucial that our own community members have the opportunity to get involved with this conversation. That’s why we’re encouraging people with an interest in these issues to make a submission.

Ms Patten isn’t one to shy away from voicing her own opinion on the issue – ending the prohibition.

She was also keen to kick off 2021 by starting the sale of cannabis in Victoria. Unlikely now, given the extension of the committee.

Feel free to read the overview of the inquiry here. If you’d like to make a submission, you can do so here.

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Mike is one of the lead editors at Pondering Pot. He's an advocate for legalising cannabis in Australia, and covers much of the latest cannabis news in the country.

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