Legalising cannabis

Eligibility - Queensland residents
Principal Petitioner:
Elly Kirkham
Parcel Locker 10121 45696
59 Albany Creek Road
Total Signatures - 13,253
Sponsoring Member: Mr Michael Berkman MP
Posting Date: 16/10/2019
Closing Date: 14/4/2020
Tabled Date: 22/4/2020
Responded By: Hon Stirling Hinchliffe MP on 22/5/2020
TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House that:

  • Criminalisation has not prevented or reduced cannabis use, and has instead resulted in further harms to drug users forced into interaction with dealers and the criminal justice system;
  • Drug use, including the use of cannabis, should be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal one; and
  • This has been recognised in various other jurisdictions, including most recently in the Australian Capital Territory which has decriminalised cannabis growth and possession for personal use.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to legalise the growth, possession, use and supply of cannabis for adults in Queensland, provide amnesty for people with current cannabis-related convictions and increase funding for drug support services.