Lisa Wilkinson’s ex-Project co-host responds to her call to get medical marijuana users to drive

The project’s host, Lisa Wilkinson, has been criticized by a former colleague for supporting a new plan to ease restrictions on medicinal cannabis.

Wilkinson, 62, raised eyebrows on Sunday when she said it was “common sense” that medicinal cannabis users should be allowed to drive in Australia.

Meshel Laurie, who has been a vocal critic of The Project since she left the Channel 10 show in 2019, responded on Instagram by joking that Wilkinson has a vested interest in promoting cannabis.

The project's host, Lisa Wilkinson, has been criticized by former colleague Meshel Laurie (pictured) for backing a new plan to ease restrictions on medical cannabis

Pictured: Lisa Wilkinson

Project host Lisa Wilkinson (right) has been criticized by former colleague Meshel Laurie (left) for backing a new plan to ease restrictions on medical cannabis

“No doubt just invested in a cannabis farm,” Laurie, 49, sarcastically commented on a screenshot of a Daily Mail Australia article about Wilkinson’s remarks.

She added an eye roll emoji and a cry before laughter emoji.

Laurie, who now runs her own successful podcast company, deleted her post Monday morning.

Project co-moderators Hamish Macdonald (left) and Wilkinson (right) agreed on Sunday that Australia should have

Project co-moderators Hamish Macdonald (left) and Wilkinson (right) agreed on Sunday that Australia should have “common sense” cannabis laws

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Laurie responded by joking that Wilkinson had a vested interest in promoting cannabis

Laurie responded by joking that Wilkinson had a vested interest in promoting cannabis

Daily Mail Australia does not indicate that Wilkinson has any vested interest in relaxing drug laws in Australia or that she has any plans to fund a legal cannabis farm.

Laurie was just joking.

Green Senator David Shoebridge announced the progressive party’s push to legalize the drug in a controversial bill that is due to open for public consultation later this year – before ending up for a vote in Parliament sometime next year.

Some of the proposed legislation would allow medicinal cannabis users to legally get behind the wheel of a car – something that is already allowed in the state of Tasmania as long as drivers are not affected.

“It’s certainly just common sense,” Wilkinson said of the difference between driving after using medicinal cannabis for pain and driving after using it recreationally.

Laurie, who has been a vocal critic of The Project since she left the Channel 10 show in 2019. (Pictured by The Project with Waleed Aly, Wilkinson and Anthony Lehmann)

Laurie, who has been a vocal critic of The Project since she left the Channel 10 show in 2019. (Pictured by The Project with Waleed Aly, Wilkinson and Anthony Lehmann)

“This is where doctors are speaking to the police and – a box is ticked. As so often, Tasmania is doing it right.”

The Greens are hoping to put pressure on Anthony Albanese’s Labor government to pass legislation allowing cannabis for personal use in Australia, following their victory in May’s general election.

“More than 40 per cent of Australians have smoked cannabis at some point and it is just ridiculous that the law makes 40 per cent of Australians criminals,” said David Shoebridge, Senator for the Green Party 9News.

“We want to legislate to legalize cannabis until the end of next year.’

He said Australians had been told to wait too long for cannabis law reform, adding that more harm was being done to the community by “policing the drug”.

Although states have consistently said no to legalizing cannabis, Constitutional Attorney Patrick Keyzer said the federal government can override them.

Green Senator David Shoebridge announced the progressive party's push to legalize the drug in a controversial bill that is due to open for public consultation later this year - before ending up for a vote in Parliament sometime next year. Pictured is a woman smoking a joint

Green Senator David Shoebridge announced the progressive party’s push to legalize the drug in a controversial bill that is due to open for public consultation later this year – before ending up for a vote in Parliament sometime next year. Pictured is a woman smoking a joint

“It happened in Canada and in many states in the US and the world has not relented,” he said.

For more than two years, the ACT has allowed adults to possess up to 50g of dried or 150g of fresh cannabis.

It was also legal to grow two plants per person and smoke them at home for personal use.

AFL legend Barry Hall (left, with partner Lauren Brant) revealed he had a history of using cannabis for pain relief

AFL legend Barry Hall (left, with partner Lauren Brant) revealed he had a history of using cannabis for pain relief

The Scott Morrison coalition government did nothing.

Professor Keyzer said the federal government could have rejected this legislation at any time, but decided against it.

Jamaica, Mexico, Malta, Germany, Uruguay, South Africa, the Netherlands, Portugal and various states in the US are just a few of the places that have legalized personal cannabis use.

In Australia, 260,000 medicinal cannabis scripts were filled out in just six years.

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THC AND CBD

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are both derived from the cannabis plant.

Together, they are part of the cannabinoid group of compounds found in hash, hash oil, and most strains of marijuana.

THC is the psychoactive compound responsible for the euphoric “high” feeling often associated with marijuana.

THC interacts with CB1 receptors in the central nervous system and brain, producing the sensations of euphoria and anxiety.

CBD does not mix well with these receptors and actually decreases the effects of THC and is not psychoactive.

CBD is believed to help reduce anxiety and inflammation.

About half of all prescriptions issued were written in Queensland, which is currently examining whether patients should be exempted from drug abuse prosecutions.

AFL legend Barry Hall told The Sunday Project he used non-psychoactive, THC-free medicinal cannabis oil to help him sleep after his grueling sporting career.

“I tried the CBD oil because I get severe pain and have a bit of trouble sleeping, it’s been a long time now, but I put a few drops under my tongue and slept like a baby,” the former Sydney Swanstar said. “It really worked for me.”

“But I got the oil from Nimbin and I think there might have been a hint of THC in it,” Hall joked.

“Because before I went to bed I had four boxes of Cheezels and a chocolate bar.”

A federal government spokesman said it will not legalize cannabis, but the Greens say they will introduce the law anyway.

One of the people who could benefit from a change in the law is Scott Ford, who uses medicinal cannabis due to injuries he sustained while serving in the RAAF for nearly 20 years.

The former flight sergeant served in Iraq and Afghanistan with tours of duty that left physical and emotional scars.

He lives with chronic pain from a fall while training and also suffers from a number of other injuries.

“I got to the point where the pain specialist said, ‘You can’t keep taking opioids. So you need to look at other options.’

The option his doctor suggested was medicinal cannabis. Mr Ford is one of 70,000 legal cannabis patients in Australia, many of whom are veterans.

Under current law, Mr Ford risks losing his driver’s license every time he gets behind the wheel, although the drug does not affect his ability to drive.

For Mr. Ford, a change in the law can’t come soon enough.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured September 14) is under pressure from the Greens to back their bill legalizing cannabis use

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured September 14) is under pressure from the Greens to back their bill legalizing cannabis use

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