It’s dopey not to legalise oil
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.