MPs push medical marijuana

A multi-party group of federal MPs yesterday launched a push to make cannabis legally available for medicinal purposes.

The parliamentary group on drug policy and law reform, convened by Labor, Liberal and Green MPs began advancing the issue with a discussion in Parliament House including Tamworth’s Lucy Haslam, whose 24-year-old son Dan has terminal cancer and takes cannabis – illegally – to combat the nausea 

associated with his chemotherapy.

One of the convenors of the group, Liberal MP Sharman Stone, said the nation should seriously consider how cannabis might be provided to people to promote health or reduce suffering.

“If this product really works in the sense of reducing pain or 

improving the mobility or other health outcomes for some people and it can be administered under medical 

supervision, then it would be terrible to think we denied people access to that product,’’ she said.

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