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Channel 9 News Australia – Report: Record support for Legalise Cannabis Australia as candidate races Pauline Hanson for final senate seat

Read all about how cannabis is now a serious challenger to right wing One Nation on their home turf .

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“There was a fellow here only yesterday who pleaded guilty to possessing non-medicinal cannabis because as his lawyer explained to the court he couldn’t afford the prescribed stuff,” Bradley said.

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A large swing towards the Legalise Cannabis Australia Party in this year’s federal election shows support is growing among voters for drug law reform.

The party’s leader, Bernie Bradley, is now in neck and neck competition with Pauline Hanson of One Nation for the final seat in the Senate.

In Queensland, one in 17 voters put Legalise Cannabis Australia as their first preference.

Bradley, a lawyer in Noosa in the state’s Sunshine Coast region, said the movement is gaining steam nationwide.

“This is no longer a fringe issue,” he said.

Bradley is a contender to take over Pauline Hanson’s senate seat. (Nine)

Bradley added while he is not a user of the drug, he sees the damaging effects criminalisation of cannabis has on Australians and the benefits of the drug medically.

Cannabis was first criminalised in Queensland during the 1930s, with the drug becoming legal in the state for medicinal use in 2016.

In 2020, 23,000 cannabis-related arrests were made in Queensland, more than double the arrests made for carrying the drug in Victoria.

“There was a fellow here only yesterday who pleaded guilty to possessing non-medicinal cannabis because as his lawyer explained to the court he couldn’t afford the prescribed stuff,” Bradley said.

Medicinal Cannabis
Bradley said the legalisation of cannabis would make it easier for people to access the drug for medicinal reasons. (AAP)

Support for medicinal marijuana has grown in Queensland, with half of all medicinal cannabis prescriptions in the country issued in the Sunshine State.

Vanessa Ward, a pharmacist at Releaf in Noosa, said stigmas attached to the drug appear to be fading.

“Particularly the older Australians are becoming aware of the use and the effectiveness,” she said.

“Medicinal cannabis doesn’t have the side effects and actually helps treat those conditions better than some of the prescription medications.”

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