2 March, 2016. 16:45
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact
Last week, the Australian parliament passed new national laws today paving the way for the use of medicinal cannabis by people with painful and chronic illness.
Amendments to the Narcotic Drugs Act permit both legally-grown cannabis for the manufacture of medicinal cannabis products in Australia. The changes, proposed earlier this month by the Turnbull government, had bi-partisan support.
Surprisingly, one of the loudest advocates for ‘legalising it’ was former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott MP.
“I have always endorsed the legalisation of buds,” Tony Abbott told Charles Croucher from Nine News.
“Back in the day, I used to suffer extreme insomnia as a result of being a member of the young Liberals. I couldn’t find anything that worked,”
“That was until me and my squad went on a camping trip to north New South Wales – [laughter] – You can only imagine what I discovered up there,”
Abbott was not shy to declare his love from several different strains of cannabis.
“When I was a young fella we used to just smoke that Nimbin bush. It was great for a bit of a giggle,”
“But nowadays I’m getting right into my hydro… A bit of PNG Gold here and there,”
“[laughter] talk about Port Moresby time! That shit slows you right down,” said Mr Abbott as he continued to praise the marijuana cultivation of our north Pacific neighbours.
“You think you’ve smoked weed? Well until you’ve ripped a cone through a coke bottle in the streets of Moresby… You haven’t. That shit is dank.”
While recreational cannabis cultivation and use remains illegal with state-based criminal laws still in place.