| Posted on Wed, July, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
The director of Australia’s alcohol policy research body said Tuesday that he believes marijuana should be legalized and tightly controlled by the government in order to reduce binge drinking, which he said has a much stronger association with violence than any other drug of abuse, particularly among teens.
Robin Room told The Herald Sun on Tuesday that it “makes sense to legalize marijuana in a controlled market.”
Room is director of Australia’s Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, and earlier this week he presented a bunch of new ideas on how to curb binge drinking across the country.
Some of his proposals to attack alcoholism are stout enough to make drinkers blush, and range from raising the legal drinking age, limiting sales to certain hours, creating a government monopoly to control all sales, lowering blood-alcohol limits for drivers, limiting the number of liquor stores in a given area, and even crafting tax policies that make cheap wine all but impossible to find.
But when he was speaking to The Herald Sun this week, he also threw his support to legalizing marijuana, saying it would particularly affect teens who are most prone to injury from binge drinking. “We are in a situation where we need to look ahead,” he reportedly said. “I think we need to have the discussion and it makes a lot of sense in terms of, among others, cutting down government costs to have a fairly highly controlled legal (cannabis) market and, while we are at it, tighten up the legal market of alcohol in the same way we tightened up the market of tobacco.”
He went on to recommend that the government create a monopoly for marijuana sales as well, saying the drug should not be available in supermarkets and must not be advertised at all. “Cannabis is not without harm but it’s substantially less than alcohol and tobacco in terms of social harm,” Room reportedly added.