OPINION: Marijuana too toxic to be legal
OPINION: A Toowoomba family's campaign to reform medical cannabis law in Queensland has been overwhelmingly supported.
While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, the fact is that marijuana is a toxic substance that must be controlled responsibly.
To date, medical marijuana has not been endorsed by the Australian Medical Association and has not been authorised by the main body that regulates our medicines - the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
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The toxic properties of marijuana and the damage they cause our bodies and brain are not matters of opinion or debate.
They have been conclusively found to be dangerous. This is not determined by judges, politicians, scientifically uneducated lawyers, or so-called "doctors" who might want to prescribe it.
It very sad to see that some people who are now or have been in positions of authority in the United States and now in Australia being so naive in regards to illegal drugs.
Will the growers or big companies that stand to profit from sales of marijuana, or pushers, really pack up and disappear or will they still have the really good stuff to sell to the public - and in particular to our young people - under 18?
Drug policy needs to focus on children's rights-to live a safe, healthy life, free of illicit drugs and research studies have recently confirmed what many parents already know - children learn parenting practices from their parents and use those methods to raise their own children.
Should medical marijuana be legalised?
This poll ended on 17 December 2015.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Of vital importance is the fact that synthetic marijuana such as Nabilone, Marinol and Sativex are available as licensed medicines.
Epidiolex to help with epilepsy is being trialled as well and should soon be available.
So, why is there a need to try to make provision for raw, untested marijuana which creates a greater harm than any perceived benefits it might have?