Do you have an opinion about the use of cannabis in Victoria? Now is the time to have your say!
The Legal and Social Issues committee of the Victorian Legislative Council has set up an inquiry into the use of Cannabis and is inviting suggestions from the public.
“We want to hear from community members about the current restrictions on the use of cannabis in Victoria and whether these are appropriate,” said Committee Chair Fiona Patten in a statement.
“We’re interested in hearing people’s views on whether the use of cannabis should remain legal for medical treatment only or whether current restrictions on use of cannabis should be changed,” Patten said. “We are not alone in considering the impacts of cannabis on people who use it, and on their families and carers. It will be important for us to examine how these issues are being tackled in other countries so that we can learn from their experiences.”
In 2016 Australia legalised the use of cannabis for medicinal use at the federal level, though its use for recreational purposes remains banned. Cultivation of cannabis is a criminal offence, unless license is obtained to do it for medicinal purposes.
On January 30, 2020, A.C.T. legalised cannabis. The new law made it legal for A.C.T. residents over the age of 18 to possess up to 50 grams of dried cannabis. It allowed a person to grow two plants at home or a maximum of four plants per household. The federal government had said it would overturn the law.
Here’s how you can make your submission:
Patten encouraged people who have an interest in the issue to make a submission before the committee. “It’s crucial that our own community members have the opportunity to get involved with this conversation.”