Reduce harm: The criminalisation of cannabis use disproportionately harms young people and indigenous people, leads to massive levels of violence and corruption, and fails to curb youth access.
Create jobs: Legalising and regulating cannabis will bring one of the nation’s largest cash crops under the rule of law. This will create jobs and economic opportunities in the formal economy instead of the illicit market.
Save money: Scarce law enforcement resources will be better used to ensure public safety while reducing corrections and court costs. Governments would acquire significant new sources of revenue from regulating cannabis sales.
Promote consumer safety: Cannabis product testing is becoming a standard requirement for legalised cannabis markets. This means consumers are better informed about the cannabis they use.