WA Premier Mark McGowan slams plans to legalise cannabis in bill that would allow 50g of marijuana
Calls to legalize cannabis in Western Australia are mounting – despite the Prime Minister repeatedly pouring cold water on the proposal.
Legalize cannabis WA proposed a bill that would allow Western Australians over the age of 18 to possess 50 grams of dried marijuana.
Under the bill, households would also be allowed to grow a maximum of four plants.
The Senate members Brian Walker and Sophia Moermond hoped to come up with bold legislation that would make the changes in parliament possible next year.
But their hopes were dashed when Prime Minister Mark McGowan said his Labor government would use its powers in both houses to block the bill.
“Having cannabis freely available is not our policy,” he told ABC radio on Tuesday.
Legalize cannabis WA has proposed legislation allowing Western Australians to possess 50 grams of marijuana and grow up to four plants per household (photo, woman smoking cannabis)
“They’re just proposing that anyone can grow it wherever they want. That’s not what we do. It’s just not a problem I want to deal with right now.
“We do allow medical cannabis for people with arthritis or cancer or that sort of thing. That is the policy at the moment.’
The ACT legalized the personal use of cannabis in 2019.
The area’s Labor government also said it would support a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of cocaine, heroin and MDMA.
Incoming WA Police Commissioner Col Blanch previously expressed concern about similar laws being passed in the west.
“Often, very often when the police go into homes where there is a problem, whether it be domestic violence in the family or mental illness, more often than not there is a problem with methamphetamine or cannabis in that home and within that family.” causing police officers to endanger themselves, to endanger that family,” Blanch said in a parliamentary inquiry in March.
“So I think our answer to that is, we want to make sure our police officers are safe, the community is safe, and that police officers can make the right decision about what’s presented to them.”
WA Prime Minister Mark McGowan (pictured with wife Sarah) said his government will use its powers to stop the proposal in both the upper and lower houses
The Prime Minister’s comments did not deter Legalize Cannabis WA, which promised to consult the community on its proposal later this year, once a working concept was ready.
The bold proposal also made it possible to license pharmacies to sell cannabis products.
“Cannabis is going to be a serious topic for Mark McGowan to tackle. This natural plant will only make WA better – socially, financially and medically,” MP Brian Walker tweeted Tuesday.
Ms Moermond, the second MP behind the bill, said the party hoped cannabis would be legalized soon.
“I look forward to your feedback on what will be a landmark bill that will come before our parliament,” she said.
Ms Moermond and Dr Walker were elected to parliament in last year’s elections on the basis of complex preference agreements.
dr. Walker believed the proposal would put the state at the forefront of cannabis development in Australia and could lead to other states following their lead.
Legalize cannabis WA will continue public consultation of its planned bill.
“Legalization around the world is gaining momentum and we want Australia to take advantage of its proven health and financial benefits,” said Dr. walker. The Western Australian†
“We want to talk with health experts, with community leaders, with other political parties, people in the cannabis industry and the general public – as many people as possible in the time available to us.”
Their victory came at the expense of the Greens, who had only elected one MP, despite having three times more votes than Legalize Cannabis.
McGowan’s administration has since passed legislation to abolish group voting tickets, allowing parties to dictate preferential distribution when voters vote above the line.
WA Member of Parliament Sophia Moermond (photo) supports bill to legalize cannabis