Poll Shows 91 Percent Of Australians Support Medical Marijuana

Poll Shows 91 Percent Of Australians Support Medical Marijuana

A poll, conducted by Roy Morgan Research in Australia, found that a super majority of Australians support the medicinal use of cannabis, with only 7 percent of participants being opposed. Roy Morgan Research has been asking Australian citizens about marijuana legalization for years, and noted that support for the plant has increased significantly over the course of the last decade.

The most recent poll asked young and old Australians alike: “In your opinion should the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes be made legal or remain illegal?” A majority 91 percent of participants responded that they supported the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The strongest support came from participants aged 50 and older.

Michele Levine, the CEO of Roy Morgan Research, proclaimed that it was not surprising the 50+ age group were the strongest supporters of legalization, with 94 percent of the participating seniors in favor.

“This group is most susceptible to several of the conditions that medicinal marijuana can provide relief from: Parkinson’s disease, cancer, glaucoma and more,”

said Levine when commenting on the poll.

Results also indicated that participants between the ages of 14 to 24 were the least likely to support the use of recreational marijuana, but even so, 85 percent of that group agreed cannabis should be available for medical use. With two percent total of those polled responding as being “unsure” regarding legalization, only 7 percent of those surveyed by Ron Morgan Research were opposed to the plant being made legal for any medicinal purpose.

Although there are some who disregard cannabis as a medical tool, Australian federal health minister, Sussan Ley, announced earlier this month that she is asking for parliamentary support to amend the Australian Narcotics Drugs Act of 1967. This would be a tremendous step in the direction of medical marijuana legalization in Australia.

Doctors Cleared After Prescribing Medical Marijuana in Australia

Doctors Cleared After Prescribing Medical Marijuana in Australia

Five physicians in Australia have been cleared to continue practicing medicine after a medical marijuana controversy. Health authorities in the southern state of Victoria declared that the doctors did not place the community in harms way by prescribing medical marijuana to a few patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions like epilepsy.

Under Australian law, recreational marijuana use is illegal. However, in South Australia, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory, possession of up to 100 grams of cannabis is decriminalized and punishable by a civil fine, so the country does have some progressive laws in place. In the state of Victoria, the use of medical marijuana by qualifying patients is expected to be legalized in the near future. The Herald Sun reports that despite the promise of legal medical marijuana, many families and practicing physicians are still being hassled by child protection authorities.

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Agents of child protection services and one large hospital representative in the state have reportedly filed complaints against five physicians who used medical marijuana to treat patients. Even though it is supposed to be legalized sometime soon, the use of all forms of cannabis is still technically illegal even for medicinal purposes. However, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency decided not to reprimand the doctors under investigation.

The doctors under investigation were found to have only used medical marijuana to treat patients suffering from medical conditions like epilepsy, a condition in which cannabis oil has been proven to reduce the number of and severity of seizures. It would be a waste of time, money and resources to build a case against physicians for prescribing medical marijuana in Victoria if it will be legalized in the near future.


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