Should cannabis oil be legalised?

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The legalisation of cannabis oil to treat certain medical conditions is back on the agenda, with a Coalition MP taking it to federal parliament and Victoria looking to legalise its use as soon as the state election is over in November.

Queensland MP, Warren Entsch, is drafting a bill to allow for legal trials of cannabis oil legal for treating patients with cancer, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis – all conditions which have responded well to cannabis oil treatment in other countries. He hopes the bill will receive the backing of other MPs, but his Coalition colleague, Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews, isn’t jumping on the bandwagon immediately. “We would need to be very careful, very assured, that we’re not going to see any more widespread use of marijuana and cannabis than there is at the present time,” the social services minister said.

Victorian Labor leader David Andrews is going one step further, by removing the legal barriers for people hoping to use cannabis oil to treat conditions such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease. If elected during the state election in November, Mr Andrews seek advice from the Victorian Law Reform Commission on the prescription, manufacture and distribution of medical cannabis for those in exceptional circumstances, but will not move to legalise cannabis for recreation purposes.

“In some cases, parents are forced to choose between breaking the law and watching their child suffer,” Mr Andrews said. “Children are in pain, families are suffering, people are living in fear, and out-dated laws are getting in the way.”

Do you think that any treatment for painful and debilitating diseases should be accessible? Or do you think that the risk of cannabis oil being used for recreational purposes is a real concern?

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Written by Debbie McTaggart

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    no question, it’s a helpful medication so why would we disallow its use?

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    What specialist advises it for use in these illnesses???

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    I think if it helps cancer patients it should be legal, who cares what other stupid people use it for. beer & spirits are legal and it kills more people then any drug

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      yes but i find a bit of brandy, helps the kill the infections that i keep getting from the pollution i suffer. SO a wee bit of brandy with lime juice and bicarb in water is great thanks very much and also saves me running to the doctors all the time lol===bottoms up:)

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    Of course it should be legal for those who need it. There are many legal medications that are as harmful or worse than cannabis.

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    let the people who are suffering and dying make the decision NOT POLITICIANS

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    It should be legalised under doctors prescription for the relevant illnesses. It is a shame that sick children should suffer when they can be helped by this drug. I had a morphine and asprin mixture in hospital when I had a tonsillectomy in the late 50’s, and as a painkiller, it worked really well. I never had a “high”. Certain drugs, used sensibly, can he helpfull. Overuse by idiots is what causes the problems, and that includes alcohol which is legal.

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    The Economist: “If (Marijuana) were unknown, it’s discovery would no doubt be hailed as a medical breakthrough. Scientists would praise it’s potential for treating everything from pain to cancer and marvel at it’s rich pharmacopoeia; many of whose chemicals mimic vital molecules in the human body.”

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    Before sitting in parliament since 1991, Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews was – guess what? A Lawyer! He knows what is good for business. Check how much is wasted on police and lawyers while they make citizens both young and mature into criminals. Like prohibition in the United States, the main thing prohibition does is make money for lawyers, criminals and bent cops. So he would say that!

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    Providing marijuana oil cannot be abused by the criminals in Australia I think it should be legal.

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    Google, Medicinal Cannabis oil and be surprised at the stunning success of this medication throughout the world.

    Terminally ill patients should have the god given right to try this medication if the want too. Politicians should keep their noses out of this.

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      No, you have to run battery acid through their veins, and fry their brains with radiation first. One little girl with a brain tumour died after having the oil. The coroner found she was CANCER FREE, but her brain was fried
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