Taking the higher ground

THE campaign to legalise marijuana for medical use is gaining mainstream momentum. NSW Premier Mike Baird, NSW and Victorian opposition leaders, other MPs and even the prime minister openly back it, and, at the federal level, a cross-party group of MPs is drafting a bill on the issue. But medical opinion is divided about whether legalisation should go ahead.

Popular opinion also favours legalisation. In the most recent National Drug Strategy Household Survey, conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 69% of