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Accumulated debates for the implementation of legalised medical cannabis in Australia

Hawkins, Michael (2014) Accumulated debates for the implementation of legalised medical cannabis in Australia. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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There is abundant evidence to suggest that medical cannabis is a valuable resource both socially and medically. This thesis presents material which suggests that it is advisable for Australia to legalise the use of medical cannabis.

Research Problem:
This thesis raises concern surrounding Australia’s current policy on medical cannabis. Despite adequate material presenting medical cannabis to be an effective medicine in certain cases, and the fact that many developed countries have already adopted its use, medical cannabis is currently illegal in Australia.

Research Method:
The entirety of this research has been based on a vast array of internationally sourced journals, books, internet and newspaper articles. All presented research is an analysis of pre-existing texts, experiments and social declarations. Researched material within this thesis ranges from advanced medical journals to online newspaper articles – a broad scope and academic level of sources was purposely selected to avoid bias, opinions and contradictions.

This thesis has established that if implemented correctly, medical cannabis can be both a catalyst to a highly equitable industry and also a useful medicinal substance. Medical cannabis has also been discovered to be able to positively influence numerous social, legal and criminal inadequacies.

It is apparent that Australia could ultimately benefit in numerous political, social, legal and economic circumstances if medical cannabis were to be legalised. Therefore, Australian policy in regards to the use of medical cannabis needs to be reconsidered.

Publication Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation: Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs
Supervisor: Makinda, Samuel
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