Labour MP drafts medicinal cannabis Bill

By April 8, 2016 Recent News

NewsHub 8 April 2016
Family First Comment: Not a good bill at all. Loose as a goose. The current regulations under the Act just need to be applied better. No need to change the law.

A Labour MP has drafted a Bill to make it easier for patients to access medicinal cannabis products.

Damien O’Connor says the current system, which is already under review, is bureaucratic and unclear.

“My bill makes the approval process simpler but has appropriate safeguards,” he said.

“The key change is the minister must not prevent the supply and administration of processed cannabis products to a person considered by a registered medical practitioner to be either in the final stages of a terminal illness, or have a permanent condition that causes significant pain or impairment.”

Mr O’Connor’s Bill is in the members’ ballot, along with 79 others. Two or three are usually drawn every second Wednesday Parliament sits.

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has authority to approve medical cannabis for patients

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