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Over the past thirty years since Australia implemented the drug policy of harm minimization debate over whether or not drug prohibition is justified has been prevalent The official position towards drugs other than alcohol and tobacco in Australia has historically been to discourage all drug use through illegalising the drug prosecuting suppliers and promoting abstinence This policy is generally referred to as the prohibitionist approach as the drugs targeted are prohibited substances The foremost goal of each of these programs was to discourage people from taking drugs and to prosecute those who persisted to partake in the consumption possession provision or trade of illegal substances There was very little room for tolerance of users or addicts which is why modern variations of this stance are sometimes known as zero tolerance Particular controversy surrounds the issues of effectiveness of the law addictiveness the gateway effect of cannabis the harmful effect of illicit drugs and whether or not cannabis holds any medicinal value Current drug prohibition are justified illicit drugs have a long history of being harmful addictive and if made legal economically costly There is a strong advocacy to legalise cannabis however there is considerable evidence to suggest cannabis is a gateway drug whose usage encourages other forms of more serious illicit drug use The view that cannabis use may by various routes lead to other forms of substance use has a long history The development of substance use and abuse in young people is seen as a sequence The use of cannabis can be seen as the first step in a process in which individuals make a transition to the use of other illicit and potentially more harmful drugs In 1984 Yamaguchi and Kandel sort to determine whether or not cannabis was in fact a step into more dangerous illicit drugs The two conducted a case study that concluded these findings strongly suggest that prior use of cannabis greatly increases the risk of initiation of
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