Cannabis Arrests High

Cannabis accounted for the greatest proportion of drug arrests and seizures.

Two out of three national drug arrests were for cannabis.

The majority of cannabis arrests occur in Queensland.

Acknowledged harms of cannabis include psychosis, schizophrenia, depression, impaired concentration, drowsiness, rapid heartbeat, impaired short term memory and deficits in learning.

Victorian research indicates that drivers who use cannabis are at similar levels of risk of having a car accident as drivers with a blood alcohol concentration over .05.

(Source: Australian Crime Commission Illicit Drug Report 2007-08 released 2009)

DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL COMMENTS-

This warning about cannabis driving being more of a crash risk proves that cannabis is the most dangerous illicit drug in Australia.

Cannabis is the most used illicit drug in Australia so the risks to the community are high also.

As well as the harm of cannabis above, cannabis causes cancer, damage to the human immune system, unborn babies, the brain, respiratory system and cardiovascular system.

These high risks mean that cannabis users must be diverted into detoxification and rehabilitation to get them free of cannabis use.

The benefits of getting cannabis users off drugs also benefits the community by reducing long term health costs, detection costs and death and injury to other community members.