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The Young Man Behind Australia's Medical Cannabis Campaign Dies

Dan Haslam died on Tuesday after a long battle with bowel cancer.

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Dan's mother Lucy told ABC local radio he died yesterday surrounded by friends and family. She celebrated Dan's life and his efforts to bring the issue of medical cannabis to national attention.

"He just became the champion of the cause for so many people that didn't feel they could use their own voice to come out in support for medical cannabis," she said.

"He was just someone seeking medicine, nothing more nothing less."

The "Dan's Story" campaign received national attention and led to the New South Wales Government decriminalising small amounts of medical cannabis for cancer patients and a full medical trial.

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Greens politicians paid tribute to his brave stand in legalising medical cannabis.

Dan Haslam's short life much more than passed \test of making world a better place. Thoughts with Lucy, Lou, Alyce @abcnewengland

John Kaye@johnkgreensFollow

Dan Haslam's short life much more than passed \test of making world a better place. Thoughts with Lucy, Lou, Alyce @abcnewengland

8:54 AM - 25 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Deeply saddened by the passing of Dan Haslam. My thoughts are with his remarkable family who took a brave public stand on medicinal cannabis

Richard Di Natale@RichardDiNataleFollow

Deeply saddened by the passing of Dan Haslam. My thoughts are with his remarkable family who took a brave public stand on medicinal cannabis

10:55 AM - 25 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

And there was universal praise for Dan stepping forward.

RT @JustinSmith954: Some people get a chance to change the world, but they never take it. Dan Haslam took it. Rest in peace. #danhaslam

News Talk 2UE 954@NewsTalk2UEFollow

RT @JustinSmith954: Some people get a chance to change the world, but they never take it. Dan Haslam took it. Rest in peace.

#danhaslam

11:10 AM - 25 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

RIP Dan.

"We need to honour his fighting spirit." Mum Lucy Haslam on the death of her son Dan to cancer http://t.co/pRGAc2hYrr

Erin Handley@erinahandleyFollow

"We need to honour his fighting spirit." Mum Lucy Haslam on the death of her son Dan to cancer

http://t.co/pRGAc2hYrr

10:31 AM - 25 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite