HAVING danced around the issue in the media most of the week the Green Shane Rattenbury has this afternoon felt bold enough to put his name to a statement on the issue of medical marijuana.
“Almost 66% of Australians support the legalisation of cannabis for medical purposes according to a recent 7News/ReachTEL National poll,” Shane said.
“The poll, conducted on 21 July 2014, surveyed over 3000 Australians and shows that not only is public support for medical use of cannabis growing rapidly, it cuts across party lines.
“69.9% of Labor supporters polled support the legalisation of cannabis for medical purposes, along with 56.6% of Liberal National Party supporters. The highest support came from Greens supporters, with 79.4% in favour of legalisation.
“The public discussions about the medicinal use of cannabis are ongoing, and I am encouraged by the level of debate and discussion that happening at all levels of our community.
“Having released draft legislation this week to allow medicinal use of cannabis, I look forward to more in-depth discussions with my Assembly colleagues in the coming days and weeks to further progress the issue and build a consensus on legislation that reflects community opinion and expectations.”