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Labor MLA pushes to have personal cannabis use legalised, saying ‘getting caught can ruin your life’

Michael Pettersson MLA says that cannabis arrests for consumers make up 60.6 per cent of all drug-related arrests in the ACT. Photo supplied by ACT Policing in April this year. Labor MLA Michael Pettersson is pushing to have the personal use of cannabis legalised in the ACT, saying that under current drug laws “getting caught with a small amount of cannabis could ruin your life”. On Wednesday, Mr Pettersson plans to introduce a private members’ bill into the ACT Legislative Assembly to allow individuals to legally possess up to 50 grams of cannabis and to naturally cultivate up to four cannabis plants at one time. However, his move puts him at odds with the ACT Opposition who “support the cu

Inquiry rejects bill to legalise cannabis

Figures show 35 per cent of Australians have tried cannabis during their lifetime. Source: AAP The Senate appears unlikely to support proposed new laws to legalise cannabis after an inquiry found against the plan. A Senate committee has rejected a plan to legalise cannabis, despite an argument it would ease the burden on police and bring in $300 million extra in GST revenue a year. Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm has proposed federal laws to legalise cannabis for recreational, medicinal, industrial and other purposes. He argues its use is less harmful than alcohol and tobacco and the existing ban props up organised and violent crime. Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Le

‘We were desperate’: Family turns to black market for medical cannabis

Despite being legalised for medical use, cannabis remains difficult for Australian patients to obtain. (Moment RF/Getty Images) Last year in April, Alice* watched her four-year-old son Rhys* be loaded onto an air ambulance bound for Sydney, and thought, this can’t go on. It had been the second time in two months that Rhys had been airlifted from his home in Canberra to Sydney for a five-day stay. The month prior, his condition was so bad that Alice and her family had thought they’d lost him. Rhys was born with a chromosome disorder, which means he needs a wheelchair and cannot walk, talk, feed himself nor dress himself. On top of this, he was suffering regular unexplained pain episode

Olivia Newton-John diagnosed with cancer for third time

'Grease' star Olivia Newton-John said she has since undergone radiation treatment Olivia Newton-John, the Australian singer who found worldwide fame in the hit movie "Grease", has revealed she has been diagnosed with cancer for the third time. The 69-year-old told Australian television broadcaster Channel Seven that doctors had discovered a tumour at the base of her spine. She has since undergone radiation treatment, and is also treating the disease with natural therapies such as the use of cannabis oil. "I'm still treating it, and I'm treating it naturally and doing really well, yeah," she told the network late Sunday from her home in California. Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer

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