In light of the alcohol-fuelled violence debate, HEMP Party Australia president Michael Balderstone to call on both the State and Federal governments to consider legalising cannabis.
In light of the alcohol-fuelled violence debate, HEMP Party Australia president Michael Balderstone to call on both the State and Federal governments to consider legalising cannabis. Jay Cronan

HEMP Party president says legal cannabis can cut violence

THE push to curb alcohol-fuelled violence has prompted HEMP Party Australia president Michael Balderstone to call on both the State and Federal governments to consider legalising cannabis.

He said cannabis users were less prone to violence than those drinking alcohol.

"It's absolutely a non-violent drug," he said.

"You're not going to be looking for someone to beat up. We've known in Nimbin for years to give people a joint when they're pissed and aggro because it works most times."

In May last year, a NSW parliamentary inquiry into the medical use of cannabis recommended the legalisation of the drug for use by terminally ill patients and people affected by HIV and AIDS.

Under the recommendations, eligible patients could have up to 15g of cannabis.

But in November last year, the State Government rejected the recommendations due to "limited evidence on the clinical efficacy".

Mr Balderstone said the Nimbin HEMP Embassy had been inundated with phone calls about the medicinal benefits of the drug.

"For all those people who are concerned about health implications, no matter what their story is, it will be less harmful if it's legal, regulated and controlled, than (illegally produced with) no quality control."

In the same month the NSW parliamentary inquiry made its recommendations on the medicinal use of cannabis, the US state of Colorado made recreational use of the drug legal.



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