The Courier-Mail

Dope the great hope for pain sufferers

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FEDERAL MPs pushing to legalise medicinal cannabis say they hope legislatio­n can pass by the year’s end, with the issue enjoying broad support from all sides of politics.

A Bill by Greens leader Richard Di Natale – with the support of Liberal, Labor and Independen­t senators – is likel ly to be debated in a couple of months after a parliament­ary c committee recommende­d it p pass with some changes.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has already signalled he supports the issue, as Health Minister Sussan Ley (pictured) yesterday committed to consider the committee’s report.

“This Government is incredibly sympatheti­c to the suffering of those Australian­s with debilitati­ng chronic pain and illnesses and we want to ensure they get access to the most effective medical treatments available,” Ms Ley said.

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