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Australia: Medical Cannabis Gets A Green Light


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Pubdate: Thu, 16 May 2013

Source: Geelong Advertiser (Australia)

Copyright: 2013 The Geelong Advertiser Pty Ltd

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A NSW parliamentary committee has recommended cannabis be available in leaf form to ease the suffering of the terminally ill.


Patients with cancer, fullb-lown AIDS or other fatal diseases would be allowed to possess and use up to 15 grams of dry cannabis.


But they wouldn't be able to grow their own cannabis and would need to buy the drug from legal dealers.


Committee chair Sarah Mitchell said people at the end of their life who used cannabis to relieve their pain or stimulate their appetite shouldn't be criminalised.


The Upper House committee is calling on the Government to amend the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act, describing the move as "both appropriate and compassionate".


Patients would need to be certified by a treating specialist, who would put them and their carers on a register overseen by the NSW Ministry of Health.


Labor MP and committee member Adam Searle said they had heard " compelling evidence" from individual sufferers as well as clinicians.


" The unanimity across the political spectrum sends a very clear signal to the Government that these recommendations should be very closely considered," he said.


The committee, which included Liberal, National, Labor, Greens and Shooters party members, was unanimous.


The report stated its preference for cannabis based pharmaceuticals but noted only one product, used to treat multiple sclerosis, was available.


It also called on NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner to write to the Commonwealth which governs the regulation of drugs to advocate expanding the scheme.


Committee member and Labor MP Amanda Fazio conceded the issue of supply needed further investigation.


Eighteen states in the US have legalised use of cannabis for medical purposes, along with Canada and Israel. 

MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom


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