Cannabis remains the most prevalent illicit drug used in our region which is amongst the highest in the world.
Australia ranked as the regionâ€™s largest market for cannabis.
In 2010/11 cannabis seizures accounted for 72 per cent of illicit drug seizures in Australia.
Over 50,000 cannabis seizures were made in Australia which is a record.
Cannabis is the illicit drug of choice in Australia.
(Source: International Narcotics Control Board report released 5 March 2013)
Cannabis is the illicit drug of choice in Australia because of a wrong perception that is less harmful than other illicit drugs.
However the scientifically proven harms of cannabis use are increasing with more studies from overseas.
The toxins in cannabis today are stronger than at any time in the past due to improved strains of plants and cultivation.
That a record 50,000 seizures of cannabis in one year is proof positive that cannabis demand is still strong.
An increasing number of Australians are being diagnosed with mental illnesses from cannabis use which is straining our health resources.
NOW – there needs to be a system of enforced rehabilitation for identified cannabis users in order to protect the users and the wider community.