SA Labor Takes Baby Steps on Medical Cannabis but Still Way Out of Step with Community

A motion calling for medical cannabis reform has passed the Upper House this afternoon despite the Weatherill Labor Government members voting against it, once again proving they are out of step with the South Australian public. A Roy Morgan poll this week showed that 89% of South Australians support the legalisation of medical cannabis. 

Greens health spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC introduced the motion calling on the Weatherill Labor Government to show leadership on the issue in line with the premiers of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

“Unlike the Weatherill Labor Government, The Greens believe that Governments that show courage on this issue do deserve to be congratulated,” Ms Franks said.

“I thank the Liberals, Xenophon Group and Dignity for Disability for their strong support for this motion.

“This vote shows that South Australian Labor is still out of step with the community – and with their own party right across Australia.

“Perhaps the most telling sign of this was the Government’s own suggested amendment to the motion, which requested that the motion strike out congratulating the Andrews Labor Government for taking steps to legalise cannabis cultivation for medical use in that state. It was not lost in the debate that last week the Federal Liberals announced they will also legislate to make this possible.

“A welcome step forward made as a result of today’s debate, however, was a promise extracted from the Government speaker that South Australians will be able to take part in the New South Wales trials, as sick and suffering patients in Victoria and Queensland can currently do. We will hold them to that commitment.

“We continue our calls to the Minister for Health to act more decisively on medical cannabis reform to ensure that South Australians do not continue to suffer needlessly or, in extreme cases, leave the state entirely in order to access treatment.”

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