Newly re-elected Nationals leader and deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce has said police should not be wasting their time arresting and prosecuting recreational cannabis users.

Speaking on KIIS FM’s Kyle and Jackie O Show this week, Joyce was asked by host Kyle Sandilands to ‘cast his eye’ over the legalisation of marijuana.

He replied: “Obviously, police running around chasing people doing that [recreational cannabis], they’ve got other things on their plate.”

When Sandilands urged him to “worry about bigger crims, don’t worry about us pot smokers, I mean ‘those’ pot smokers, not ‘us’”, Joyce warned the shock jock: “I’ll listen to you closely and, if I can hear you open up the chocolates and chewing through the Tim Tams, I’ll know what’s going on.”

Co-host Jackie O claimed the exchange showed Joyce was “open to the conversation” about recreational cannabis.

“That’s the first time we’ve ever had a politician say ‘I’m open to it’,” she said. “Is that what he said or am I putting words into his mouth?”

Sandilands countered: “He’s pretty much said he’s going to listen to me to see if I sound like I’ve got the munchies. I don’t know whether that’s a tick for me or against me.”

Prior to launching Cannabiz, Martin was co-founder and CEO of Asia-Pac’s leading B2B media and marketing information brand Mumbrella, overseeing its sale to Diversified Communications in 2017. A journalist...

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