Medical cannabis has broad, supermajority support in just about every poll around the world, so we shouldn’t be surprised that Australians are no different, but 91% support is an amazing number, regardless of the issue. It’s hard to get 9 out of 10 people to agree on just about any political issue. It is a true testament to the obvious medicinal properties of cannabis and the massive amount of education the public has received in recent years, combatting decades of Reefer Madness nonsense. The rapid growth of support for medical cannabis may lead to full adult-use legalization in the near future, as news.com.au reported:
Pharmacist and owner of Health House International Paul Mavor, who brought the first shipment of medicinal cannabis to Australia earlier this year, said patient numbers were above where other countries had been at the same time.
“In the first year of introducing it, Canada, which has a slightly bigger population to us, only had 150 patients, Australia had 300. Canada is now up 300,000 medical patients since legalising it 18 years ago and now they’re just about to go legal for recreational (adult use) in a few months.”
On April 16, Greens leader Richard Di Natale announced the Greens plan to legalise cannabis for adult use in Australia, as recreational use is still illegal across the country. They’ve proposed an “Australian Cannabis Agency” (ACA), which would allow experts, regulators and state and territory governments to issue licenses to produce and sell the drug, monitor and enforce those licences and conduct ongoing reviews.
At the Future of Cannabis seminar at Advertising Week APAC in Sydney on Wednesday, Sharlene Mavor, medical scientist and director of Medical Cannabis Research Australia told news.com.au that she anticipates recreational cannabis to become available in about five to 10 years time, once medicinal cannabis becomes fully implemented in Australia.
Patient activists have done a tremendous job around the world piercing through the Reefer Madness propaganda fog, and the success of the cannabis community in recent years has been nothing short of phenomenal. The International Cannabis Business Conference has brought together cannabis advocates, entrepreneurs, and investors from around the world together since its first conference in 2014. The ICBC provides pertinent information, great networking opportunities, and works to continue the momentum for positive reforms in the cities and countries that host the B2B marijuana event. The ICBC has conferences scheduled in Portland, Oregon, (coming up this September 27th-28th); San Francisco, California; Kauai, Hawaii; Vancouver, Brtish Columbia; Berlin, Germany, and Barcelona Spain. Who knows, Australia could be next.