The Federal Government could consider legalising the recreational use of cannabis in New South Britain by 2019 if it gets its way.
If the Government’s proposal is accepted by the Australian Parliament, the federal government would be able to set rules for the sale of cannabis.
The legislation would give a licence to grow and sell cannabis in the state, but there is no legal requirement for businesses to operate.
Australia has been an open and free country, and cannabis is a legal drug in every state.
But recreational cannabis remains illegal under federal law.
It is not clear what impact the new legislation would have on tourism in the South Australian capital of Adelaide, and it is not known how the new law would affect the number of visitors from overseas.
Tourism Minister Scott Morrison said the new laws would help create more jobs and boost economic growth in South Australia.
“This is about helping local businesses compete and to attract more business to South Australia,” Mr Morrison said.
Mr Morrison also told the ABC the new regulations would be made available to all other states and territories.
In the meantime, some recreational marijuana businesses are planning to remain closed in order to maximise their profits.
They include Paintings To Recreate, which opened in the north of the state in 2015, and the North West Marijuana Industry Association.
Paintings To Recycled has more than 100 customers and a staff of more than 60 people.
Owner and chief executive Ian Bynum said the company had invested about $100,000 into building the new store, which will allow customers to enjoy their favourite recreational cannabis products, without fear of prosecution.
This will allow us to operate in an area that we have not been in for a long time, Mr Bynums said.
“We are not only providing a high quality recreational cannabis product to the community, we are also providing a higher quality product to our local community.”
Mr Bynumes customers will be able access the new facility through a new store on the ground floor of the property.
Cannabis growers in South Australian towns have also taken a hit, with some businesses closing for lack of demand, or being forced to close in order for them to be able operate.
Local residents, including the head of the local Chamber of Commerce, said the closure was inevitable.
Mark Garlick from the local branch of the Australian Cannabis Industry Association, which represents cannabis growers in the region, said there were also a number of people who would like to sell cannabis.
“But it is just a question of how long can they keep it going, because it is very hard to get people to go out to buy marijuana at the moment,” Mr Garlicks said.