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Joan Burton: I favour legalising cannabis for medical use (and no, I've never smoked it)

We asked Alex White so it would have been rude not to ask the other Labour leadership contender.

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JOAN BURTON HAS said she would be in favour of legalising cannabis for medical use and pain relief but would have “a serious doubt” about going any further than that.

The Labour leadership contender was speaking in a wide-ranging interview with where she responded to several readers’ questions including one about her position on cannabis legalisation.

Last week we asked her rival Alex White whether he would be in favour of legalisation of the drug – an area he has responsibility for. White said that Ireland “should maintain an open mind towards international developments”.

Burton stated clearly yesterday: “So for medical use and pain relief I am completely in favour.”

We also asked the Social Protection Minister if she has ever smoked cannabis. Watch the above video for her full answer.

Later today on More from our interview with Joan Burton where she answers your questions on austerity, Sinn Féin, and who she thinks will win the World Cup. 

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