Support for medicinal cannabis access

Wednesday 22 February 2017
Support for medicinal cannabis access

Member for Goyder Steven Griffiths MP has welcomed today's news that people suffering a range of debilitating diseases will soon have a safe, legal pathway to access medicinal cannabis.

With the Federal Government legalizing local production late last year and last week issuing the first licence for private cultivation, today's announcement by the Federal Government that approved importers will be able to buy the medication from overseas and store it in Australia for distribution will ensure an interim supply is imminently available until domestic production can meet local need.

"I welcome today's news that there is to be improved access to medicinal cannabis under strict conditions, and that patients should not have to wait long for the medicine once prescribed by an authorised doctor -- Federal Minister Greg Hunt expects that Australia will have a store of imported medicinal cannabis products within eight weeks," Mr. Griffiths said.

"After being at a briefing probably close to two years ago and being aware the hallucinogenic qualities are removed, I have supported this medical treatment option be made available."

The State Liberals applauded the Turnbull Government decision to facilitate an import process for an interim supply.

"Too many patients, their families, friends and health practitioners, have been forced to take risks with unregulated suppliers, often from overseas, not knowing the quality of the product," said State Shadow Health Minister Stephen Wade.

"It is vital that we establish properly regulated local supplies.

"Building on the leadership of the Baird Government in New South Wales, Australia is well on the road to providing safe access to relief for thousands of Australians", Mr. Wade said.

"The Weatherill Government on the other hand has been slow to pursue commercial opportunities, and even slower to pursue medical opportunities.

"The State Liberals and other parliamentary groups have repeatedly highlighted the tardiness of the Weatherill Government to engage in important clinical trials."