Greens Health spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC has today welcomed a Federal Government move to introduce a medical cannabis Bill to establish a national cannabis cultivation scheme for patients with painful and chronic conditions, urging cooperation from the states to ensure the scheme’s success.
“Having campaigned to ensure sick and suffering South Australians who may benefit from medical cannabis be able to access that treatment, I welcome this latest step forward,” Ms Franks said.
“I urge the Weatherill Labor Government to actively progress the associated state regulatory barriers and look to the leadership shown by Premiers Andrews and Baird in particular.
“The SA Greens welcome the passage of this important legislation to establish a single cultivation scheme via a national regulator and look forward to our state also stepping up to end the criminalisation of the sick and suffering, who are simply seeking a medical treatment.
“Many Australians have suffered needlessly from terminal and chronic illnesses for years while an ever-growing body of research shows that medical cannabis can prove an effective treatment for many conditions. Many of the current treatments available can have significantly detrimental side effects.
“We urge the Federal Government to ensure the timely passage of this Bill, and call on the states and territories to work cooperatively with the Government to ensure Australians across the country will have access to medical cannabis treatment options before long,” she concluded.
Ms Franks has been campaigning for the past two years for medical cannabis reform and last year called for South Australians to be able to participate in medical cannabis trials facilitated by the New South Wales Government.