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The Salvation Army will not be supporting the legalisation of Cannabis and is calling for a drug reform; instead, they are also in support of a form of decriminalisation of Cannabis.
Salvation Army spokesperson, Lt-Colonel Lynette Hutson says “It is extremely unfortunate that the referendum process has been designed in a way that provides a little option between the inadequate law that currently exists around cannabis and the legalisation of it.”
The decriminalisation of Cannabis will be a ‘shift away’ from the response that society punishes people to a more ‘compassionate health response’ according to the Salvation Army.
They’re also calling for the strict legal prohibition is what is thought to be enforced for those who are producing and supplying Cannabis as a chain.
Since there’s not enough information for voters to make an informed decision for the legalisation of Cannabis, according to the Salvation Army, they say that it would be unwise to introduce the legislation legalising cannabis use before long term regrets, if any, of the decision.
The Salvation Army has also said that they have noticed and seen the consequences of expanding gambling and liquor legislation and the unbeatable difficulty in turning back the legislation once negative effects emerge.
“Cannabis can have significantly harmful effects related to addiction, mental illness and motivation and we see this in our addiction treatment services,” said Salvation Army spokesperson, Lt-Colonel Lynette Hutson.
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