I believe your cannabis reform is well formulated, builds on experience from overseas and will yield benefits. But if we acknowledge that prohibition has never worked to prevent harm caused by drugs, why only consider cannabis? All drug usage, including excessive alcohol consumption has the potential to cause harm, to the users, to the families of the users and to the community in the form of crime and interaction with crime. So why only try and fix cannabis when we will still be putting people in jail for other drug usage, still accepting that they will be buying other drugs from gangs or organised crime? If you want to cut the funds to gangs, remove the potential of any income from selling drugs. Give the people who need, or want help, the health assistance required to fix problem instead of the criminal education we fund now. What would be the potential savings from the police, the courts and from funding prisons if all drug usage was decriminalised and a health and education based approach was taken to minimising the harm caused by drugs? I suspect it would yield more significant results than what has been proposed. But the challenge would be getting it accepted. Be bold, expand you scope if you believe in what you are proposing.
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