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Thursday, 18 November 1976

Dr KLUGMAN (Prospect) - I wish to make a brief reply to the remarks earlier of the honourable member for Kennedy (Mr Katter). He made the point strongly that marihuana was potentially dangerous, saying, I think, that it caused cancer, affected women's ovaries and did all kinds of other things that might possibly attract headlines. There is very little evidence that it does this to any significant extent. I am not suggesting that people ought to smoke marihuana. I oppose the use of any of the drugs which affect people 's state of mind. The only point I do make is that it was particularly hypocritical, coming from the honourable member for Kennedy, who very strongly supports the rnining and use of uranium, in relation to which the same sort of allegations at least have much more scientific basis than the allegation about marihuana. I emphasise again that I am not supporting the use of marihuana. But it is particularly hypocritical for a person like the honorable member for Kennedy to come into this chamber and make statements of that sort.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a third time.

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