This is the view of the Green Party's Galway West candidate, Pauline O'Reilly, who was speaking following the party's launch of a new policy document on the decriminalisation of cannabis.
'When marijuana is legalized and society acknowledges that the drug can be enjoyed safely... it undercuts the stigma of danger that is so attractive to teenagers desperate to prove themselves to their peers.
He said in a statement, "Governments around the world are realizing that prohibition of cannabis causes more harm than it prevents".
Marijuana use was next most prevalent in Colorado's arts, entertainment and recreation industry (28.3%), according to the report, followed by "other services (except public administration)" at 20.9%, construction at 19.7% and real estate at 19.6%.
"It's time Australia joined them", he said.
While the CDC report notes that self-reported use over the past month doesn't necessarily mean partaking or being impaired on the job, it suggests that "awareness of possible employee recreational marijuana use can inform employer policies regarding drug use and workplace impairment".
Asked why the government wouldn't want the tax revenue, Mr Hunt said it didn't want to put the mental health of Australians at risk.
Green Relief Inc., with production facilities in Flamborough, Ontario, has received its license to sell cannabis oil, marking a pivotal step in the company's growth.
It would also act as the single wholesaler for cannabis - purchasing cannabis from producers and selling it in plain packaging to retail stores. Individuals would be permitted six plants for their own personal use.
Former Australian Federal Police commissioner Mick Palmer backed the Greens' policy, slamming the so-called "war on drugs" as an abysmal failure.
The Australian Greens have announced their support for legalising cannabis.
"I think it would", Green Party leader Eamon Ryan told TheJournal.ie today. Should cannabis be legalised?
The party is confident that now is the right time for change on cannabis in Ireland.
Crossbench senator Derryn Hinch also backed the Greens' push, saying "you'd ban alcohol and cigarettes" too if the argument was that it's bad for you.
"This is a substance that has the potential for significant health issues that have significant harm and we need to ensure that everyone is aware of those consequences", Dr Tony Bartone from the Australian Medical Association said.