According to reports, preliminary results show that more than the majority of Australians support the full legalization of cannabis. SBS, independent media company in Australia, has been conducting a national poll by using interactive billboards in the central business districts of Sydney and Melbourne. More than 50,000 people have participated so far.
This poll differs from others that have previously been conducted where Australians have shown their support for exclusively medical cannabis. Another recent poll reveals that almost two-thirds of Australian residents are in favor of medical marijuana. Similarly, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced his support of medical cannabis over the summer in a letter addressed to popular radio show host Alan Jones.
“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,” Abbott wrote.
Global support for the end of cannabis prohibition has been gaining steam for some time now. People from around the world are no longer choosing to keep their personal use a private matter as the need for vocal, enthusiastic and unwavering support for legalization reaches an all-time high. More than ever, it’s apparent that the powers that be are paying attention to the little guys. In the U.S., the federal government has no doubt been taking notes from trailblazing states that have successfully implemented medical and adult-use cannabis for their residents while other countries are gaining a new sense of awareness as well.
Around the world, countries are slowly transforming their stance on cannabis use. With residents taking things into their hands like the collectives in Spain and executive powers declaring the wondrous plant legal for the entire nation in Uruguay, it’s safe to say that the next few years of marijuana legislation will be full of exciting firsts.
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