With Considered Reference to Scholarly Literature on the Subject, Assess the Advantages and Disadvantages of Cannabis Legalisation in Australia.

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2.  With considered reference to scholarly literature on the subject, assess the advantages and disadvantages of Cannabis Legalisation in Australia.

Dennis, M.L. & W White (1999) ‘The Marijuana Legalization Debate: is There a Middle Ground’. In JA Inciardi (ed), The Drug Legalization Debate.  Sage Publications.

Ferguson, D.M.. & L.J. Horwood (2000) ‘Does Cannabis Use Encourage Other Forms of Illicit Drug Use?’, Addiction, 95(4): 505-520.

Gerber, R.J. (2004) ‘History of Demonizing Drugs’.  In Legalizing Marijuana: Drug Policy Reform and Prohibition Politics, Westport, CT: Praeger, pp. 1-16.

Hall, W. (1997) ‘The Recent Australian Debate About the Prohibition on Cannabis Use’, Addiction, 92(9): 1109-1115.

Hall, W. (1998) ‘Cannabis Use and Psychosis’, Drug and Alcohol Review, 17: 433-444.

Hall, W. & R.L. Pacula (2003) ‘Policy Alternatives’.  In Cannabis Use and Dependence: Public Health and Public Policy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 183-226.

Himmelstein, J.L. (1983) ‘From Killer Weed to Drop Out Drug’, Contemporary Crises, 7(1): 13-38.

Sarre, R. (1990) ‘A Review of the Cannabis Expiation Notice Scheme in South Australia: Research Note’, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 299-303.

MacCoun R.J. and P. Reuter Drug War 'Heresies: Learning from Other Vices, Times, & Places', Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

McGeorge, J. & C.K. Aitken (1997) ‘Effects of Cannabis Decriminalization in the Australian Capital Territory on University Students’ Patterns of Use, Journal of Drug Issues, 27(4): 785-794. 

Cannabis has had a long history in Australia, dating back to the First Fleet, where botanist Sir Joseph Banks brought over hemp seeds for commercial use in the colony. Cannabis cultivation was a widely undertaken industry from the colonial beginnings up until the early 1920's when the Cannabis restrictions were implemented in accordance with the 1925 signing to the Geneva Convention on Opium and other drugs....