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1 Australia: Victoria Gives Medical Marijuana Green LightThu, 14 Apr 2016
Source:Queensland Times, The (Australia)          Area:Australia Lines:19 Added:04/14/2016

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.


2 Australia: PUB LTE: Government Wasting Money on War on DrugsTue, 26 May 2015
Source:Queensland Times, The (Australia) Author:Brown, Frank Area:Australia Lines:38 Added:05/27/2015

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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3 PUB LTE: Drug War 'Doesn't Fight Crime, It Fuels Crime'Mon, 27 Apr 2015
Source:Queensland Times, The (Australia) Author:Sharpe, Robert        Lines:45 Added:04/28/2015

RE EDITORIAL by Andrew Korner: Police Can't Turn Blind Eye To Cannabis (20/4/15).

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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4 Australia: Editorial: Police Can't Turn Blind Eye To CannabisMon, 20 Apr 2015
Source:Queensland Times, The (Australia) Author:Korner, Andrew Area:Australia Lines:47 Added:04/22/2015

THERE was interesting feedback on Saturday's front page story regarding the large haul of cannabis allegedly pulled from a property in Coominya.

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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5 Australia: Column: Drug Scourge Becoming All Too FamiliarMon, 09 Mar 2015
Source:Queensland Times, The (Australia) Author:Bennion, Brian Area:Australia Lines:44 Added:03/11/2015

WE ARE increasingly being confronted with the scourge of drugs on society.

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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6 Australia: Premier Says Yes, I SmokedTue, 04 Mar 2008
Source:Queensland Times, The (Australia)          Area:Australia Lines:54 Added:03/04/2008

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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