Sydney doctor has come out in support of proposal to sell cannabis in post
offices legally. The packets would however have a health warning on them.
director of the alcohol and drug service at St Vincent's Hospital, said that
Australia needed to learn from the tobacco industry and the US prohibition in
coming to terms with his belief that cannabis would replace cigarettes in
consumption levels over the next 10 years.
general principal is that it's not sustainable that we continue to give
criminals and corrupt police a monopoly to sell a drug that is soon going to be
consumed by more people than tobacco," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted
him, as saying.
don't want to see that [industry] fall into the hands of tobacco companies or
rapacious businessmen. I'd like to see it fall into the hands of the failed
businesspeople Australia seems so good at producing or the Australia Post that
seems so successful in driving away customers," he added.
made the proposal for taxed and legalised cannabis at the Mardi Grass festival
in Nimbin, said that he would be pleased to express his opinion to the Federal
general terms, among senior doctors, professors, deans, college presidents, I
can tell you, from having done a straw poll, there's very strong support for
ending the distribution of cannabis by a monopoly of criminals and corrupt
police," he said.
among rank and file doctors, they probably have opinions that represent the
opinions of the general community," he added.
his proposal could decrease cannabis consumption, based on comparisons between
consumption in Amsterdam and San Francisco.
up Australia Post for distribution since it could be regulated and had branches
spread across the country.
"What I'm talking about is not
pro-cannabis, but it's not anti-cannabis. It's about reducing cannabis harm and
one of those harms is police corruption," he said.