Senator welcomes action on access to medicinal cannabis


Northern based Senator Ian Macdonald has today welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to make medicinal cannabis more easily accessible for those patients authorised to use it.

Senator Macdonald, who chairs the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee which originally conducted the inquiry into the issue of medicinal cannabis, said the announcement would come as a relief for the many patients and their families who rely on the drug for painful and chronic illnesses.

“Until licences to grow and supply medicinal cannabis in Australia are finalised, it is vitally important that those individuals who rely on it have safe and convenient access to it,” Senator Macdonald said.

“During the initial inquiry in 2015, the Committee saw and heard evidence of just how effective this drug can be in treating major chronic illnesses, including cancer, epilepsy, motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis. For many, the effects of the drug are almost miraculous.

“I am pleased to see the Federal Government taking a common sense approach to this issue, and acting to make access to the imported product easier, until a domestic supply becomes available.”

Senator Macdonald said it was at a State LNP Conference a few years ago that the Party gave its support for the regulated use of medicinal cannabis.

“It’s been a long road to get to where we are today, but I congratulate the Coalition Government on its decision today to fast-track its controlled importation to provide relief for those who need it most,” Senator Macdonald said.

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