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Australian Prime Minister Outed As Supporter Of Medical Marijuana

"I have no problem with the medical use of cannabis.... there should be no question of its legality"

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Radio talkback host Alan Jones has outed Tony Abbott as an avowed supporter of medical cannabis who believed it was decriminalised already.

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The 2GB host read the private correspondence during his popular talkback show on Wednesday morning, after Jones asked Mr Abbott to intervene in the case of the terminally ill teenager Dan Haslam.

Jones read parts of the letter written by Mr Abbott dated 23 August, saying it was "important" to make it public.

Alan, I have no problem with the medical use of cannabis. I have no problem with the medical use of opiates. I was under the impression that the personal use of cannabis was no longer an offence in New South Wales. If a drug is needed for a valid medicinal purpose though, and is being administered safely there should be no question of its legality. And if a drug that is proven to be safe abroad is needed here, it should be available.I agree that the regulation of medicines is a thicket of complexity, bureaucracy and corporate self-interest. My basic contention is that something that has been found to be safe in a reliable jurisdiction shouldn't need to be tested again here.

The New South Wales Premier Mike Baird acted earlier in the week, calling for a medical trial of the use of marijuana and told authorities not to prosecute adults using the drug to treat terminal diseases.