VICTORIA has beaten New South Wales in becoming the first state to
legalise medical marijuana. Children with severe epilepsy will have
first access to clinical trials early next year. A small-scale
marijuana cultivation will also be trialled at a Victorian facility.
"It's absolutely heartbreaking to see families having to choose
between breaking the law and watching their children suffer, and now
. they won't have to," Health Minister Jill Hennessy said.
THE excuse wowsers use to get governments to waste billions of
dollars on the prohibition of recreational drugs is that drugs kill users.
That argument has no validity in a world where governments are
slaughtering thousands a year as punishment for drug trafficking.
The recent executions of Sukumaran and Chan by the Indonesians are
only the tip of the iceberg. Around the world, thousands are killed every year.
The fact of the matter is, the cure is worse than the disease.
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RE EDITORIAL by Andrew Korner: Police Can't Turn Blind Eye To
Ice is the latest illicit drug to make headlines, but it won't be the
last until politicians acknowledge the drug war's inherent failure.
Drug policies modelled after the United States' disastrous experiment
with alcohol prohibition have given rise to a youth-oriented black market.
Illegal drug dealers don't ID for age, but they do recruit minors
immune to adult sentences.
Throwing more money at the problem is no solution.
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THERE was interesting feedback on Saturday's front page story
regarding the large haul of cannabis allegedly pulled from a property
A good percentage of readers seem to be of the opinion that this
investigation was a waste of police resources, and that time and money
would be better spent on tackling the ice scourge.
When it comes to ice and the effect it has on people, I have to say
that I hope police are putting as many resources as they can into
catching those involved in producing and selling it.
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WE ARE increasingly being confronted with the scourge of drugs on
The tragedy of talented actors and musicians that overdose generates a
feeling of sad loss and shock as we look at a person who has achieved
more success than most can imagine and are loved and we contemplate
the waste of life.
The scandal of football heroes allegedly at the centre of a drugs
syndicate leaves us with a feeling of betrayal as we as a society
hoist these people up as mentors for our children.
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Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan's admission at the weekend he smoked
marijuana as a teenager has put the heat on other politicians to
reveal their drug dabbling.
Yesterday it was Premier Anna Bligh's turn to answer questions about
whether or not she inhaled and whether or not she liked it if she did.
The Premier was clearly prepared for the question at the press
conference at The Workshops Rail Museum.
She tried marijuana "once or twice at parties" and "frankly I didn't
think it lived up to its reputation," Ms Bligh told reporters at the
community cabinet meeting.
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