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Support grows to legalise pot

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While the NSW conservative government continues the hard-on-drugs line, with significant increases in roadside drug testing (RDT) being pushed, recent polling has revealed that there is increasing support for legalising marijuana in Australia.

According to the research by Roy Morgan ‘increasing numbers of Australians across all age groups want to legalise marijuana’.

Local Lennox Head solicitor Sally Macpherson has highlighted that the legalisation of cannabis in other countries, and its proven benefits in medical treatment, are what is driving the change.

‘Part of the growing drive to legalise cannabis is the medical research that has revealed the benefits of cannabinoids. We have an endocannabinoid system that is like our lymphatic and nervous systems. This means that we have cannabinoid receptors throughout our bodies. This discovery, in the 1990s, drove significant research into the cannabis plant. There has been a change in the role of cannabis in our lives, and it is having success in treating conditions like epilepsy, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).’

Greens MP and Drug Law Reform and Harm Reduction spokesperson Cate Faehrmann agrees saying that, ‘Taxing and regulating cannabis would have so many benefits. It would provide more funding for treatment programs, it would unclog our courts and allow the police to focus on actual crime, and it would remove a drug that one in three Australians have used out of the black market.’

According to the polling, 18 to 35 year-olds are most likely to support legalisation and this is the part of the population where opinion has shifted the greatest degree over the last four years.

‘In 2015 only 36 per cent of 18 to 24 year-olds supported legalisation, now 50 per cent do. The next age-group up, 25 to 34 year-olds, has also seen a dramatic rise in support, from 34 per cent in 2015 to 46 per cent now,’ they stated in a press release.

The two groups least likely to support legalisation are 14 to 17 year olds and 65+ however, both these groups have seen a shift of nine and seven per cent respectively towards supporting legalisation.

‘With jurisdictions overseas reaping the economic and social benefits of legalising marijuana, it’s obvious why more and more Australians want the same thing to happen here,’ said Ms Faehrmann.

Medical cannabis workshops are running this weekend on October 26 and 27 at the Nimbin Bush Theatre, 11am till 4pm. Dr Deb Waldron and Dr Pot himself, Andrew Katelaris, are both coming for the weekend and Dr John Teh from PlantMed is a popular return speaker. Donation at the door.

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  1. Some people don’t understand why cannabis is still illegal.
    The answer is corruption.
    While the community at large would obviously greatly benefit from cannabis legalisation, politicians would lose donations from those that have the most to lose, the tobacco, alcohol and pharmaceutical industries.
    Without those donations the Liberal, National and Labor parties would lose control of the government to Greens and Independents at the next election.

  2. Why are we even discussing this !
    It is pretty clear that this question was settled in the late 60’s. Australians have voted with their feet, and inspite of the ridiculous missinformation campaigns, have chosen THC as their most popular recreational/medicinal aid.
    For the past fifty years this herb has been extensively trialed in the context of Australian conditions and proven less harmful than asprin, before the sixties it was also used but it wasn’t illegal until our toadying government let the Americans impose these laws upon it’s allies, in it’s efforts to harass Blacks and Hispanics. ( it seems the longer time goes on the less things change )
    I truelly believe, all adults have the unalienable right to choose how they enjoy their life, as long as that doesn’t impinge on any others ability to do the same.
    The law is irrelevant and must be treated with the contempt it so rightly deserves !

    Cheers G”)

  3. It is time it was legal for those who enjoy using it. I however want to see a blanket acceptance of the medicinal cannabis for those needing it for their illness. I am an aged pensioner, never used it during my life but now need it for pain. I have been approved for medicinal cannabis but cannot afford to buy it. I only have the aged pension to live on so the cost is more than I can afford. Please help those who need it the most.

  4. Our drug laws are one of the biggest frauds ever visited on us. They tell us they are to reduce the harm from drugs in society. They clearly haven’t done that, quite the opposite. They tell us they will impede supply. They haven’t done that either, quite the opposite. They didn’t tell us these laws would create the 3rd largest industry in the world; illicit drugs. We had to find that out from experience.
    Our drug laws are a profoundly criminal act.

  5. The healing power of certain strains of cannabis is well known and accepted by the more enlightened members of the medical community. At the very least, cannabis products tailored to relief of nausea during chemotherapy and also the amelioration of pain should be legal and made available to eligible patients.

    As for “recreational “ cannabis, the evidence shows that a carefully regulated growing and distribution system is much preferable to a willy-nilly illegal system that allows for contaminated or otherwise dodgy cannabis and produces massive tax revenue for local and State governments. I live in Seattle, Washington. Cannabis is legal to all adults; and robbery, bad behavior and other bad acts have in no way increased as a result. Day to day, those who choose not to use cannabis will see no difference in anything at all. Believe me.

  6. I recently did a silly thing. I bought a new wok and in the process of seasoning it VERY hot oil splashed over the side and onto my foot i was wearing sandals at the time so the oil splashed onto bare skin. Burning it badly.
    I put my foot under running water at the time and left it uncovered. That night my foot hurt like hell so I bathed it in a cold water bath and in desperation took a couple of Panadiene forte.
    Two days later the wound became infected and I finished up in the burns unit of the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
    Those two analgesic pills were the last I took. I microdose cannabis daily, making cannabis infused chocolates. I packed some chocolates to take to the hospital with me without telling the hospital staff.
    I upped my dose by 50% and refused the pain relief offered by the the hospital and got through the experience pain free with a nice little buzz to go with it.
    The chocolates each contain about half a gramme of whole plant cannabis that I have decarboxylated.
    It is easy to make and runs out at about $3.00 a day. (Half an ounce makes a month’s supply.)

  7. You can overdose on alcohol and die. It is literally impossible to overdose on cannabis. I’m so tired of this fight. Even the new legalization in the ACT isn’t very good. I mean, it’s a start and I’ll take it, but Canberran cannabis users are still going to be forced to ‘hide in the dark’ like criminals. We can’t even grow indoor to keep our plants safe from theft (which is GOING to happen, it happens in Canada to outdoor growers too). We need full legalization, and soon. It’s way past time.

  8. Why is there such resistance to change of drug laws?

    It is helpful to remember that it is a foible of human nature to stoutly defend an established position despite overwhelming evidence against it.
    I believe above all else education is the key in every aspect of drugs, including alcohol.
    Personally I love pot but also understand it is not for everyone.
    By moving pot from a law to health aspect we can regulate and tax it. Those funds can be put to use in health and education about ALL drugs. It will also result in massive law enforcement saving etc.
    one lives in hope ?

  9. Come on let’s go it’s cruel to not legalise this hurry the heck up. It’s ridiculous that all these so called prescription drugs are legal and cannabis is not???? Big pharmaceuticals at it again trying to grab all the cash


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