Simple Cannabis law reforms will relieve pressure on our Criminal Justice system, prisons, courts and administration, legal aid, non government organisations and may help in rebuilding trust between police, community and especially the younger generations.
HEMP believes Cannabis law reforms will make great inroads to the reallocation of police resource to focus on ever increasing organised criminal drug importations, more important crime and genuine assistance to victims of crime.
Enforcing the prohibition on Cannabis has been a complete waste of time, money and resources. Australian police make about 60,000 Cannabis related arrests every year, well over 1,000 a week! That’s an awful lot of policing going to waste and it surely does bring about disrespect for other laws and erodes mutual respect within communities.
In US States, Canada and The Netherlands were Cannabis laws have been relaxed, positive social outcomes have resulted in significant decreases in alcohol related crime, anti social behaviours, road traffic incidents, domestic violence, mental health issues, theft and robberies, police corruption and vomit on the streets.
Such a useless war against a natural and relatively harmless herb is costing society dearly. The ‘war’ is a huge waste of people, resources and capital. The hypocrisy and lack of integrity with our Cannabis laws are obvious to young people when they experience Cannabis first hand. Sadly, this brings about a general disrespect for drug laws, social laws and authority in general. This is no doubt reflected in the lack of harmony within our society today.