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Should Canberra legalise marijuana?

By Az 5 March 2014 67

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Back in the 90s, Canberra flirted with decriminalising pot. The only noticeable effect at the time was that the police gave up policing it. The ACT has since pulled back from such a position.2013 was a breakthrough year for planet Earth’s pot-lovers. With states and nations across the globe considering, debating or outright legalising the sale and use of marijuana, is it time for Canberra to revisit the issue?

And what’s the current state of play, Rioters – Is pot hard to get? Do you smoke it? Is it to treat your PTSD or do you just like punching a cone before watching the latest torrent of Walking Dead or Game of Thrones?


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Vix 8:08 am 02 Jul 14

Grimm said :

Errrr, no. I just don’t know anybody who smokes that crap that isn’t a dole bludging loser.

Smoking weed, sitting around on the couch eating home brand corn chips and watching daytime TV rather than getting a job is pretty SOP for housos. Then you have the non-houso types who smoke and think they are special and creative rather than annoying wankers.

Smoking weed makes you a derro and a loser. I have a better opinion of casual cocaine users than bong heads.

Actually I went through an ounce a week for a year (for medicinal uses – I have chronic back problems and was on chemotherapy for a rare gut disease) and got a Chancellor’s commendation for my grades at uni. The following 6 months I worked 45 hours per week as an accountant and teacher…

I think you’ll find people who like to veg on their sofa are attracted to dope but not all dope users are couch potatoes…

steveu 6:15 am 16 Apr 14

JustThinking said :

Mental Health has nothing to do with it UNTIL they bring out stats on how many alcoholics are receiving help through MH… and how many are on Disability Pensions.

Why legalise one without the other?

Perhaps because just because one horse has bolted out the farm gate doesnt mean you push another one out there out of frustration that you have lost a horse.

Yes, ACT Mental Health workers are well aware of the affect alcohol has on the brain chemistry of those who have the propensity toward mental illness, but drugs even moreso. Hence they are still illegal. Kate Carnells rhetoric in the past about a softer approach on drugs brought much more users to canberra as result, in my opinion.

dungfungus 9:44 pm 15 Apr 14

Pork Hunt said :

dungfungus said :

Time for Canberrans to monitor what is about to happen in Uruguay.

Is it a secret you can’t share?

I’m sorry; I thought most Canberrans would know about this radical policy:
http://www.wola.org/commentary/why_the_timing_is_right_for_uruguay_to_legalize_pot

Pork Hunt 9:34 pm 15 Apr 14

dungfungus said :

Time for Canberrans to monitor what is about to happen in Uruguay.

Is it a secret you can’t share?

dungfungus 8:32 pm 15 Apr 14

Time for Canberrans to monitor what is about to happen in Uruguay.

JustThinking 6:47 pm 15 Apr 14

Wow…so many replies.
My ex-husband was a drinker and smoker (pot).
Smoking he was ignorant and ate/slept too much.
Drunk he was a violent a@@hat.

After I left the first time he gave up drinking for 7 years but still smoked and we had a great marriage.
Then he began drinking again (after that 7 years) and I left.

I guess like anything it all depends on the individual.
Some people eat like horses and never gain weight. Others look at cake and gain a few pounds.

Mental Health has nothing to do with it UNTIL they bring out stats on how many alcoholics are receiving help through MH… and how many are on Disability Pensions.

Why legalise one without the other?

Grimm 11:04 am 21 Mar 14

Conan of Cooma said :

Grimm said :

Ahhh, weed, the preferred entertainment for 9 out of 10 housos.

Nah, we already have enough brain-dead, jobless, no hoping losers around. It seems smoking weed creates them, and we really don’t need any more.

Bahahahahaha. I have spent more than 10 years in different Federal and State public service and the drug use among the ranks is PHENOMENAL. I love a bit of green, but I know a few high ranking execs who like to hit every colour on the scale. To attribute bong sucking to the lower echelon of society goes to show how little you truly know about the world you live in.

I hear this all the time, and I find it pretty funny to be honest. It’s usually used by people trying to convince themselves that smoking wed doesn’t make you a bogan, even though you know deep down it does.

Being in an executive role myself, albeit in the private sector, I spend a hell of a lot of time with people in the public sector in high ranking exec roles. Have even become friends outside of work with a number of them. I don’t know a single one who smokes cones. Then again, some people think an EL1 or 2 is a “High ranking exec”, when they are in fact middle management. Same goes for the private sector. The people at the top of the chain aren’t going home and sucking down a few cones.

PBO 9:25 am 21 Mar 14

Conan of Cooma said :

Grimm said :

Ahhh, weed, the preferred entertainment for 9 out of 10 housos.

Nah, we already have enough brain-dead, jobless, no hoping losers around. It seems smoking weed creates them, and we really don’t need any more.

Bahahahahaha. I have spent more than 10 years in different Federal and State public service and the drug use among the ranks is PHENOMENAL. I love a bit of green, but I know a few high ranking execs who like to hit every colour on the scale. To attribute bong sucking to the lower echelon of society goes to show how little you truly know about the world you live in.

Sniketty BAAM! Suddenly, A tiny White, dreadlocked and goateed, baggy pants wearing, 18 year old, 90’s era pot head stereotype appears out of nowhere, floating in the air, he then does a little Michael Jackson spin, points at his crotch and blows a smoke ring in Grimms face and says:

“Aww yeah, take that. Ya’ll done just got served, boy”

and then disappears again in a tiny puff of nostalgia!

Conan of Cooma 3:55 pm 20 Mar 14

Grimm said :

Ahhh, weed, the preferred entertainment for 9 out of 10 housos.

Nah, we already have enough brain-dead, jobless, no hoping losers around. It seems smoking weed creates them, and we really don’t need any more.

Bahahahahaha. I have spent more than 10 years in different Federal and State public service and the drug use among the ranks is PHENOMENAL. I love a bit of green, but I know a few high ranking execs who like to hit every colour on the scale. To attribute bong sucking to the lower echelon of society goes to show how little you truly know about the world you live in.

Grail 10:42 am 17 Mar 14

Interestingly enough all the pot users I know or knew were middle management or corporate sales (i.e.: suit-wearing, Audi driving types).

Stevian 10:33 am 17 Mar 14
Az 10:29 am 17 Mar 14

bundah said :

Az said :

(Evidence is purely anecdotal – but when you’ve been offered a scoob in the PM’s courtyard during a Corridor Party, it’s hard to form the view an impenetrable anti-pot barrier surrounds the Steward Flats.)

Ah yes they’d have many a Steward passing joints around in the PM’s courtyard….

Of course you meant the Stuart flats.

Indeed. Cheers.

bundah 10:26 am 17 Mar 14

PBO said :

Were you offered some Senatesimilla?

Nah they’re a very seedy lot in the senitalia….

PBO 9:53 am 17 Mar 14

Az said :

“Ahhh, weed, the preferred entertainment for 9 out of 10 housos.”

And judges, politicians, media personalities, and many EL1 and above public servants.

(Evidence is purely anecdotal – but when you’ve been offered a scoob in the PM’s courtyard during a Corridor Party, it’s hard to form the view an impenetrable anti-pot barrier surrounds the Steward Flats.)

Were you offered some Senatesimilla?

bundah 9:29 am 13 Mar 14

Az said :

(Evidence is purely anecdotal – but when you’ve been offered a scoob in the PM’s courtyard during a Corridor Party, it’s hard to form the view an impenetrable anti-pot barrier surrounds the Steward Flats.)

Ah yes they’d have many a Steward passing joints around in the PM’s courtyard….

Of course you meant the Stuart flats.

Az 8:57 am 13 Mar 14

“Ahhh, weed, the preferred entertainment for 9 out of 10 housos.”

And judges, politicians, media personalities, and many EL1 and above public servants.

(Evidence is purely anecdotal – but when you’ve been offered a scoob in the PM’s courtyard during a Corridor Party, it’s hard to form the view an impenetrable anti-pot barrier surrounds the Steward Flats.)

Tooks 11:23 pm 12 Mar 14

astrojax said :

Tooks said :

davo101 said :

Grimm said :

Ahhh, weed, the preferred entertainment for 9 out of 10 housos.

Nice theory, shame it not supported by the data. The poorer someone is the more likely they are to have never used cannabis.

I don’t have time to read your link at the moment, but I find that hard to believe based on how many housos I come across who are cannabis users. It’s a cheap drug which is easy to get, which is why it is so popular, particularly with the fiscally challenged.

you’ve not time to read the supplied data, but nonetheless provide us with your opinion based on your interactions with a vanishingly small percent of the population you happen to know. thanks, we’re indebted…

Not asking you to be indebted. Just mentioning that my experience having dealt with many hundreds of this demographic is that a high percentage use cannabis. Didn’t say the research was wrong, didn’t say I was right. Just my observation.

Thanks for your useless comment though. I’m sure everyone else is indebted to you for making it.

Grimm 3:04 pm 12 Mar 14

PBO said :

Grimm said :

Ahhh, weed, the preferred entertainment for 9 out of 10 housos.

Nah, we already have enough brain-dead, jobless, no hoping losers around. It seems smoking weed creates them, and we really don’t need any more.

Your 1950’s style demographic sounds awesome. None of the devil’s lettuce around to turn the local children into satans little helpers, because that’s what happens. Pot kills, just ask Colin Winchester. We must think of the children because there is an evil, child killing pot dealer on every corner and “ALL” of their profits directly support terrorists, and they are not the fun type like Die Hards Hans Gruber, They are the ethnic foreigners from Farawayistan who all look like sterotypes of eachother who pirate DVD’s to support the drug production which supports the terrorist activities which directly supports the reason for our war effort because we have to justify our end of the war.

I’ll bet that a friend of a cousin of yours knew someone from bible class whose child died of a pot overdose as well.

Errrr, no. I just don’t know anybody who smokes that crap that isn’t a dole bludging loser.

Smoking weed, sitting around on the couch eating home brand corn chips and watching daytime TV rather than getting a job is pretty SOP for housos. Then you have the non-houso types who smoke and think they are special and creative rather than annoying wankers.

Smoking weed makes you a derro and a loser. I have a better opinion of casual cocaine users than bong heads.

MrBigEars 1:37 pm 12 Mar 14

PBO said :

Hell, if you want the truth just follow the discarded orchy bottles and hose cuttings and see where they lead you.

If my high school was anything to go by, it probably leads to bored middle-class teenagers.

astrojax 1:36 pm 12 Mar 14

and relevantly from davo’s link:

In 2010, there appeared to be a relationship between a person’s cannabis use and his or her mental health (Table 6.7). For people in Australia aged 18 years or older:
? those who had reported using cannabis in the previous 12 months (18.7%) or in the previous month (20.5%) were more likely to have been diagnosed or treated for a mental illness than people who had not used in the previous 12 month (11.3%)
? those who had used cannabis in the previous month (19.1%) or previous 12 months (16.3%) were more likely to report high or very high levels of psychological distress compared with those who had not recently used cannabis (9.1%)
• those who had used cannabis in the previous month were more likely to assess their health as fair or poor than those who had not used in the previous 12 months.

so while there appears to be a correlation, causality for same is not discussed, so my earlier comment stands.

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