Cannabis demand continues

The latest report from the Australian Crime Commission has confirmed that it is unlikely that there will be any significant decrease in demand for cannabis in the short term.

Cannabis remains the most commonly used illicit drug in Australia with demand highest amongst adolescents and young adults.

The 2004 National Drug Household Survey estimates 5 million people aged 14 and above had used cannabis in the last 12 months.

Hydroponics cultivation is popular as it can be grown all year round, has higher THC toxins and produces more heads in a shorter time.

Most Cannabis is produced locally with importation mainly by post as seed.

Cannabis toxins cause cancer, chronic bronchitis, schizophrenia, hormone production, hallucinations, paranoia, anxiety and impaired coordination and cognition.

There were 56,859 arrests for cannabis use with most in Queensland.

(Source: Australian Crime Commission Illicit Drug Data Report 2006/7)

DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL COMMENTS-

Clearly Australia's high demand for cannabis is fuelling the supply.

The costs of detection of cannabis use and the enormous health costs to government suggest we need to follow overseas models that REDUCE the demand for cannabis.

The 5 million Australians that used cannabis in the previous 12 months will lead to increased health costs to the users and the health system.

Australia NEEDS a comprehensive and effective NATIONAL illicit drug prevention and rehabilitation system that REDUCES demand.