Why I Hate The Australian Government

I live in Australia, I was born and raised here, and I liked it as a child, but growing up here, I began to slowly loathe the place.

I grew up with constant back pain, and at age 17 I was diagnosed with Scheuermann's disease, a back disorder wherein which your spine doesn't shape itself correctly (there's a lot more to it, and it's not as simple as that, but you get the idea). It causes me daily pain that I have to live with, almost 24/7. It makes me less-inclined to do any sort of sport or recreational fitness activities, and to make matters worse, I'm also severely depressed. I'm now 19 years old, and both Scheuermann's and severe depression still haunt me daily.

Quite a while ago, a few friends of mine introduced me to cannabis. We lit up a few joints and had a great time. A year later, I was presented with the chance to yet again smoke some 'weed'. I did so, and again, had a good time with my friends on the stuff. However, this time, I noticed that my pain was gone. The pain in my lower back had disappeared, and I felt more clear in the mind, not to mention a lot happier.

That night, I did a lot of research into the pros and cons of smoking marijuana, and found out that it's actually quite a beneficial drug. But, of course, in Australia, it is illegal for both recreational and medicinal purposes; this really ****** me off. Fair enough, for recreational purposes, I understand why it's been outlawed, but for medicinal purposes? Seriously?

The topic of marijuana legalisation is a hot topic in a lot of countries, especially Australia. Statistics clearly show that marijuana has a high potential for abuse, so it's clear we shouldn't be letting just anyone get their hands on it, but with that being the only huge downside, why don't we legalise it medicinally? I mean come on Australia, you pride yourself on being such a modern and wealthy country, yet, cannabis is still illegal? Oh I'm sorry, I didn't realise we were still living in the '30s.

Alcohol is legally available to anyone over the age of 18 in Australia, and yet to possess even the smallest amount of marijuana is probable cause for the police to fine you? Pathetic.

I know what you're probably thinking; he's a 19 year old guy who loves pot because he can get high off it and he thinks he's cool and stuff, etc. You're wrong. Yeah, marijuana is fun, but it's also medicinally beneficial, and the fact that it's not even medicinally legal in Australia yet really bothers me. What are they afraid of exactly? The high potential for abuse? If they really were concerned about that, I think we would've banned alcohol ages ago for obvious reasons.

The only reason I think marijuana is illegal (even for medicinal purposes) is due to the fact that the government is afraid of people making untaxed dollars off it. If this really is the case, then it's a crying shame that the government would deny quality of life for money.

Sorry for the rant, but it's just something that's been playing on my mind lately. I know that if marijuana were medicinally legal, I'd really benefit from it, but instead, if I want to have a better life, I have to go buy it from 'the guy', which isn't legal and can be risky (you never know what they might've sprayed/laced it with).
macints macints
18-21, M
1 Response Sep 16, 2012

You've made some good points there. I grew up and still live in Melbourne, Australia. I think there is room for informed public debate about the decriminalization of marijuana in Australia. The law makers will never pass sensible laws unless we can all look honestly and talk openly about the facts. The 'shock-jocks' and tabloid media will continue to beat up hysteria based on scare tactics and ignorance until people arm themselves with the facts and make a reasonable choice about it. I don't smoke it because it is a crime with severe penalties in Australia but it does seem far preferable in comparison with other drugs that are legal but are widely known to do harm. I have just discovered a website that promotes the legalization of marijuana. It may interest you. Is political debate still legal in this country? http://clubfbi.com/marijuana/