ILLEGAL: A man was convicted this week for growing marijuana to help his dying wife.
ILLEGAL: A man was convicted this week for growing marijuana to help his dying wife. Contributed

Our say: It's time to rethink drugs in Australia

WHEN I was growing up my dad owned a pharmacy and it offered both the methadone program and clean needle packs.

Some of my earliest memories of Mum taking us to visit Dad, was glancing up at the dispensary and seeing a jug of what looked like red cordial.

I didn't know at the time it was methadone, so I asked Dad what it was and I think I even asked to have some on more than one occasion.

Dad would always reply with the same answer, "It's their medicine.”

Dad was always quite pragmatic about drug use, that it places a greater burden on society when taken unsafely and dirty needles are strewn through playgrounds.

When we can control how drugs are taken, many of the dangers to society are lessened.

Reporting at court in Warwick, I have seen three people in the past couple of months alone come before the court for using marijuana to treat pain.

Speaking to James McKillop this week, he was different from the image most people conjure in their minds when they think of drug users.

He turned to marijuana in desperation to help his dying wife, but he was educated about the way it worked in the body and the health benefits it could have.

It's time to have an honest discussion about drugs in our society and why people turn to them in the first place.

Many people fight battles most don't know about, so being more open-minded could help us come up with a solution that does more good than harm.

Elyse Wurm, reporter at the Warwick Daily News



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