Victoria E-Petitions - 95

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Title: Legalise cannabis for recreational use

Grievance: The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that it is immoral for the Government to tell people whether they can smoke cannabis. The Government should treat adults like adults and not baby them. Cannabis will bring revenue to Victoria, creating jobs as dispensaries are set up. All tax from purchases will provide the Government much needed revenue to spend on schools, health care or subsidies for businesses. The Government could use the State of Colorado, in the USA, as an example. Colorado has a population of roughly 5.6 million, the same as the population of Victoria. According to Colorado's Department of Revenue, $700 million was made from the cannabis industry. $63 million was generated in tax revenue and an additional $13 million was made in licensing. The Department of Revenue has reported that since 2014 when marijuana was legalised, $5.7 billion has been raised in revenue.

Action: The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council to call on the Government to introduce a Bill for the legalisation of recreational cannabis.

Closing Date: 2019-05-30

Sponsor: Ms Fiona Patten

Link: https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/council/petitions/electronic-petitions/view-e-petitions/details/12/106?fbclid=IwAR35VLALCDHiI44xLzjGnQ1FFYJGFJa0toAYxBG-1ukOa1E4V2r6kJpn4wA [1]

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