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Western Australia Premier McGowan Blasts Cannabis Legalization Proposal

By Nina Zdinjak

Legalize Cannabis Australia, a minor single-issue political party, recently proposed allowing Western Australians to own up to 50 grams of cannabis and households to grow up to four plants. Members of the Upper House of Parliament Brian Walker and Sophia Moermond plan to introduce marijuana legislation next year, reported WAtoday.

Western Australian Prime Minister Mark McGowan is not too happy with the idea, however. On Tuesday he said he would use Labour’s control of both Houses to block the bill.

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“Having cannabis freely available is not our policy. They just propose that anyone can grow it wherever they want. That’s not what we do. It’s just not an issue I want to address at this point,” McGowan told ABC radio.

“We allow medical cannabis for people with arthritis or cancer or that sort of thing. That’s the policy at this point.

Previously, under the ACT, small amounts of marijuana were decriminalised, from January 2020. The territory’s Labor government has also indicated it will support a bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cocaine , MDMA and heroin.

Legalize Cannabis WA’s proposal would also allow licensed cannabis dispensaries.

“Cannabis is becoming a serious subject for Mark McGowan to address. This natural plant will only make WA better – socially, financially and medically,” Walker tweeted on Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Benzinga and has been republished with permission.

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