It’s dopey not to le­galise oil

NT News - - OPINION -

MED­I­CAL cannabis oil trans­formed Jewelle Ben­nett’s life. She went from be­ing to­tally crip­pled by pain – un­able to bend, un­able to shake hands, un­able to ball her hand into a fist – to be­ing in con­trol of her own body again.

The Leanyer se­nior says it’s all be­cause of the oil – some­thing she’s la­belled a “mir­a­cle”. But she’s not the only one. The NT News has heard a num­ber of tes­ti­mo­ni­als from peo­ple who use the med­i­cal cannabis oil, say­ing it’s helped them deal with chronic con­di­tions, anx­i­ety, sleep­ing prob­lems and pain. The team be­hind the prod­uct, Gary Bull and Der­ick Mur­doch, say they have about 300 Ter­ri­tory cus­tomers and also ship the prod­uct in­ter­state.

They’re con­vinced the prod­uct is im­prov­ing lives, and think the laws should change to make it eas­ier for ev­ery­one to ac­cess and use it. In Aus­tralia, CBD oil is avail­able un­der cer­tain con­di­tions from phar­ma­cies with a valid pre­scrip­tion from a doc­tor. Of­fi­cially, ac­cess is re­stricted to ap­pro­pri­ate pa­tients with cer­tain med­i­cal con­di­tions where there is ev­i­dence to sup­port its ther­a­peu­tic use.

Mr Bull and Mr Mur­doch say this com­plex process pushes up the price of CBD oil – which can cost con­sumers up to $450 a month. Peo­ple with chronic pain sim­ply can’t af­ford that. In­stead, Mr Bull and Mr Mur­doch’s oil costs just $35.

Le­gal­is­ing this stuff will not only help peo­ple in pain – but it will bring a much-needed cash rev­enue into the NT. Our econ­omy is sag­ging, so why not lead the way by le­gal­is­ing these prod­ucts? Why not make it eas­ier for peo­ple in chronic pain to get help? Our cli­mate and a mul­ti­tude of wide open space make the NT the per­fect place to do it.

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