The happy plant grows under glass
A commercial crop whose shadows cast
A darkness many step outside
But who can stem the growing tide?
The Green Party on the ABC*
Proclaims how they want things to be:
To harness hemp for Medicare
And recreation – if they dare!
Though many countries far away
Legislate – its use is grey
As those with epilepsy find
Its use is soporific, kind.
Known by a multitude of names
It calms the spirit in fast lanes
Inducing quiet meditation
In many cultures, West and Asian.
So should this pipe of peace be banned?
The jury’s out and flames are fanned
Which way should Australia vote?
The answer lost in clouds of smoke!
(c) Poet in the woods 2018
* ABC = Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Note: now legal in Canada 17.10.2018