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About time’: NSW launches inquiry into legalising cannabis

Australia’s biggest state will launch a probe into laws surrounding the prohibition of cannabis, with one MP claiming the legalisation of weed could save the state billions of dollars.

An upper house inquiry would be the first of its kind to explore the social and economic impact of prohibiting cannabis, and the impact on young people, the Aboriginal, LGBTIQA+, regional, multicultural and lower socio-economic communities.

The review will also consider alternative approaches to current laws, which only allows cannabis to be legally used with a medicinal prescription.

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