PROMOTION LINK TO ALCOHOL JARS
WE are a step closer to legalised medical marijuana after the Federal Parliament passed a Bill last week to allow cannabis to be grown in Australia for medical products. A national regulator will track the product from the farm to pharmacy to prevent criminal infiltration. There is little doubt it will bring relief for many with medical conditions and it will make some entrepreneurial business people a small fortune. But it could also lead to a push for legalised recreational use. Medical marijuana has become a huge commercial success in the US. If it was allowed for widespread recreational use in the US, it is estimated the industry would be worth between $10 billion and $120 billion per year. Companies are promoting its use and are hoping it will become “as popular and accepted as alcohol”. With all the damage alcohol does to our communities, it is hardly a ringing endorsement.
Rick Lee - regional editor