New medic­i­nal cannabis laws set for Queens­land

Isis Town and Country - - NEWS -

QUEENS­LAND has the most pro­gres­sive medic­i­nal cannabis laws in Aus­tralia af­ter the Par­lia­ment unan­i­mously passed leg­is­la­tion by Par­lia­ment last Sun­day night.

Mem­ber for Burnett Stephen Bennett sup­ported the leg­is­la­tion that paved the way for pa­tients to ac­cess medic­i­nal cannabis.

“This leg­is­la­tion is a mile­stone for those who have cam­paigned tire­lessly and en­gaged with our elec­toral of­fice for changes that will al­low ac­cess to medic­i­nal cannabis,” Mr Bennett said.

“Our of­fice has heard many emo­tional sto­ries of fam­i­lies with young chil­dren with epilepsy, suf­fer­ing life-threat­en­ing seizures, and what they have to go through on a daily ba­sis.”

Former Hin­kler MP Paul Neville has been a strong ad­vo­cate for med­i­cal mar­i­juana and wel­comed the news. His grand­daugh­ter Ava, now 11, suf­fers from a rare con­di­tion called tuber­ous scle­ro­sis, which means she has be­nign tu­mours through­out her body.

Mr Neville said Ava used to ex­pe­ri­ence up to 10 seizures a day but today, thanks to hemp oil, that has been dra­mat­i­cally re­duced.

“She has a bet­ter lifestyle; cog­ni­tively she is more re­spon­sive and she can par­tic­i­pate more ef­fec­tively at school and sport,” he said.

Mr Neville and his daugh­ter-in-law Joelle ap­peared be­fore the Se­nate In­quiry into medic­i­nal cannabis. Ava’s ad­vance­ment was one of the case stud­ies in their re­port.

Mr Bennett said it was im­por­tant to note that the leg­is­la­tion pro­vides a trans­par­ent and ro­bust reg­u­la­tory frame­work to man­age ac­cess to medic­i­nal cannabis and al­low greater use of medic­i­nal cannabis prod­ucts for some pa­tients.

Im­por­tantly, the new leg­is­la­tion pro­vides a le­git­i­mate path­way for Queens­land pa­tients of any age and with a range of con­di­tions to ac­cess le­gal medic­i­nal cannabis prod­ucts.

The use of medic­i­nal cannabis will be in­te­grated into pa­tient treat­ment plans.

The use of cannabis without the ap­pro­pri­ate ap­provals will con­tinue to be il­le­gal in Queens­land.

Mr Bennett said: “What re­mains is to sort the frame­work and red tape around peo­ple who want to grow medic­i­nal hemp.”


A mar­i­juana plant for medic­i­nal use.

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