Community welcomes support for medicinal cannabis trials
In a move welcomed by ACON and The Greens, Premier Mike Baird has given the go ahead for Tamworth Nationals MP Kevin Anderson to work on a private members bill in support of the compassionate use of medicinal cannabis.
The news follows on from recommendations made earlier this month by a NSW parliamentary committee, which suggested cannabis for medicinal purposes was an appropriate treatment for people living with a terminal illness.
Greens NSW MP John Kaye said he would gladly delay moving his bill to legislate for the use of medicinal marijuana, to allow Mr Anderson time to develop and proceed with his legislation.
Dr Kaye said the Premier is now showing some sympathy for the plight of patients with terminal illness and their carers. “The Greens don't care who drafts the legislation or introduces it, as long as it takes away the dreadful choice between breaking the law and suffering faced by too many cancer patients.”
ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill welcomed the Premier’s softening attitude and suggested the use of medicinal marijuana would alleviate some of the pain and suffering of people living with HIV/AIDS.
“This is particularly the case in relation to HIV/AIDS, which can induce pain, loss of appetite, neuropathy and nausea,” said Parkhill.
“Of course, medicinal use of cannabis can also alleviate similar symptoms in patients with other conditions such as cancer or multiple sclerosis. Research shows that cannabis can be effective in reducing pain and ACON supports the availability of cannabis for medical use. We commend the premier on taking a practical and compassionate approach to this issue.”