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SA Greens MLC Tammy Franks has called upon Premier Weatherill to announce a compassionate amnesty on the use of medical cannabis while SA Health regulates access consistent with the intent of the national framework.
Greens Health Spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC says: “Throughout 2016, our State Government was well aware of the fact that medical cannabis was in the process of being made legally accessible across Australia”
“They knew that once the federal framework - legalising the cultivation of medicinal cannabis and rescheduling it - was enacted, the onus was on them to create the pathways for ill people in South Australia to access this treatment.
“Other states are taking action. In Victoria, cultivation has already begun. They passed their Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill in April last year, which means children with epilepsy will be the first to have access to treatment this year.
“Instead of taking action to assist the people who need this treatment immediately, the Government has sat on its hands. All that SA Health has done so far is release a discussion paper for comment. While public consultation is a crucial part of the process, the fact that our Government continues to ignore the cries for help and leniency from ill South Australians is unnecessarily cruel.
“The relevant federal legislation as enacted on November 1 last year. This period of consultation should have been finished by then. South Australia should have been ready to provide patients with accessible pathways to treatment as soon as these changes came in.
“Instead of facilitating access, we see SAPOL conducting raids and arresting local suppliers. Under the same rules, despite Federal legislation, local consumers are also at risk of raid and arrest.
“I call upon the Premier to provide a way for those accessing medical cannabis to be protected from unnecessary police interference. New South Wales currently has a register which terminally-ill patients can join and be given leniency under existing cannabis laws.
“We also need compassion and leniency with growers of medicinal cannabis. It’s not much use if the government allows people to use medicinal cannabis but then arrests the people who are helping provide it.”
Today in SA Parliament, Greens MLC, Tammy Franks asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Kyam Maher, why the voices of the 32 Aboriginal communities who have already said no to a high level waste dump proposal were being ignored.
Greens Tammy Franks MLC will today bring the Surveillance Devices Animal Welfare Bill to a vote in the Legislative Council. The Bill ensures that the exposure of animal cruelty would be considered as being ‘in the public interest’ with consideration of the broadcast of footage of animal cruelty obtained through surveillance devices.
The Greens have today thrown their support behind a Parliamentary inquiry into the circumstances of the death in custody of Wayne ‘Fella’ Morrison in Yatala Labor Prison last month.
South Australia is currently in the midst of a major weather event that is expected to extend to Friday.
As a result, the entire state suffered a power outage on the afternoon and evening of September 27.