"A clean slate" approach could be on the cards for Australia's controversial medicinal cannabis laws, after a delegation, led by Lucy Haslam, met with multiple members of parliament on Monday.
The delegation met with Labor leader Anthony Albanese's staff; health and veterans' affairs opposition spokesmen Chris Bowen and Shayne Neumann; Mike Freelander; independent senators Jacqui Lambie and Pauline Hanson; Greens leader Richard Di Natale; and ex-Tamworth man, now independent Tasmanian MP, Andrew Wilkie.
"Disappointingly, the only government member to accept an invitation was Warren Entsch," Mrs Haslam said.
Health Minister Greg Hunt declined to meet with the delegation.
"What we are trying to do now is call for an inquiry into it, and people like Richard Di Natale and Jacqui Lambie were very keen to push for an inquiry," Mrs Haslam said.
"Jacqui and Pauline were particularly incensed about how veterans that could use medicinal cannabis are being treated.
"The push will be for the inquiry and for the re-introduction of the Regulator Bill."
The cross-party Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill was passed by the senate in 2014, before being thrown out by the government.
It instead introduced the Narcotic Drugs Amendment Act, before medicinal cannabis was legalised in 2016.
That act, however, means "price can never be addressed because it is an unapproved medicine", whereas the original act sought for an independent body to govern the rules, including price, of the medicine.
"Richard Di Natale has been going through the original cross-party bill to see how it can be updated, and his plan is to re-introduce that bill, which will allow for fair access.
"We hope that bill can be re-introduced by the end of the year."
The Narcotics Drug Amendment Act included a clause for a review two years after its implementation. The review made 26 recommendations.
"Greg Hunt said that all 26 recommendations will be adopted, although we found out on Tuesday that the recommendations will be adopted in September 2020 - another year away," Mrs Haslam said.
"The review didn't even include patient access, so we are also pushing for a review into patient access."
The delegation also included CWA president Tanya Cameron, NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association general secretary Rita Martin, Chronic Pain Australia executive director Ben Graham, two lawyers, and an Afghanistan War veteran.
The veteran, who did not wish to be named, suffers from PTSD and has a legal prescription for cannabis.
However, they fell foul of the law after being unable to afford the $1100-a-month cost of the medication.