ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury is behind a renewed push to legalise medical cannabis, allowing the terminally and chronically ill to grow marijuana, in an effort to relieve pain and symptoms.
Under the proposed legislation, those wanting to use the drug would need to obtain a medical declaration from their doctor, which would then allow them to apply for a one-year usage permit. Rattenbury envisions that the legislation would be particularly beneficial for those with chronic illnesses.
You know, totally the only people in Australia who ever blaze up. Nobody else does it. Ever.
For the legislation to be passed through, it’s going to need the support of both sides of politics in the territory, with the hopes that community feedback over the coming months will be enough to bring opponents of the legislation around to the idea. The ACT were also the first to state or territory to legislate for marriage equality in the country (however short-lived), and this will only further to cement the oddly progressive place in the nation they currently hold.
Hey, if anything its going to make Canberra a more interesting place to visit….
WORDS: HARRISON CARTWRIGHT.