This article originally appeared on VICE Australia.
Australia might be called the lucky country, but luck has not been with the Victorian people when it comes to cannabis. Despite being one of the most progressive Australian states, with one of the most progressive state governments in the country, cannabis is still perceived by the Victorian Government as largely harmful to society.
As a Victorian MP and leader of the Australian Sex Party, I’ve long advocated for change, with taxation and regulation of cannabis a founding party policy. I even moved a motion in the Victorian upper house earlier this year to try and make that happen. The six-to-32 loss did, at least, start a conversation about the lack of rational for keeping cannabis illegal.
Laws allowing only medicinal cannabis passed last year in Victoria. Eligibility is limited though to a small cohort of severe epilepsy sufferers under 18 years old. The