Greens MLC Tammy Franks has welcomed the news that Australia’s medical cannabis industry will be boosted by a Federal Government decision to allow exports while urging for further action to help local patients effectively access pain relief.
“Lifting the ban on exports of cannabis-based medicines is good news for this fledging industry with the potential to reap substantial benefits for the South Australian economy. However, more work needs to be done to address the needs of local patients,” Ms Franks said.
“It is fantastic that we will be able to export these products, but the sad reality is South Australian sufferers are being left behind. There is still no effective access, as patients remain stuck with an unworkable system that renders medical practitioners reluctant to prescribe and prices for legal products at prohibitive levels.
“Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says that ‘Australian patients come first’. That is not currently the case, but we can make that a reality now.”
“It is time that the Weatherill Government got going on the pain and palliative care benefits of medicinal cannabis. On top of being a win for patients, there are huge savings to be made from our state health budget. According to health economists, those savings are in the billions in the first few years.
“I call on state and federal governments to truly put our patients first by providing real access pathways now,” she concluded.