Medical marijuana laws unlikely to win support

By July 22, 2014 Recent News

The Canberra Times 21 July 2014
A Greens push for terminally and chronically ill Canberrans to be allowed to use marijuana as part of treatment and pain management appears unlikely to find support in the ACT Legislative Assembly.

Greens minister Shane Rattenbury released new draft laws and a discussion paper for community feedback on Monday, allowing access to medical marijuana as part of a private members bill.

Under the plan, the ACT Chief Health Officer would give approval for the use and possession of cannabis for those with a prognosis of death within a year, or those with chronic illness or debilitating conditions.

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher wouldn’t rule out supporting the bill but said that current advice from ACT Health backed the use of synthetic drugs.


Without support from one of the major parties, Mr Rattenbury’s bill will not pass the Assembly.

“I think we’ll have a look at it,” Ms Gallagher said.

“I will take advice from all of the relevant agencies about what their view on the legislation is. Their advice back to me at this stage is that there are three different types of synthetic cannabinoids… which are available for clinicians to prescribe if they think that is what their patients require.”

Some of the chemical components of marijuana can be isolated to produce pharmacologic effects for patients, including in the immune and central nervous systems.

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