Tasmanian Government Wants Possession of Marijuana Legalized 10/30/98

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Peter Patmore, Attorney General of the Australian state of Tasmania, said last week that he favors a policy under which personal possession of cannabis would be legal. He called for public discussion of the issue so that a consensus could be reached before legislation is introduced, hopefully next year.

"My views on the issue are quite clear" he told The Examiner, an Australian newspaper. "Prohibition doesn't work, but there is no use having a debate which splits the community. We actually have more lenient laws in Tasmania on marijuana than in some other states, and if I can show the public a sensible approach to legal personal usage, where precious police time is not wasted, and otherwise law abiding citizens are not lumped with a criminal record, then we can take the next step."

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