Shadow Attorney-General Lara Giddings said it’s time for the Hodgman Government to step up and either introduce medicinal cannabis trials in Tasmania or invest in trials interstate to allow for Tasmanians to participate.
“Patients and carers are demanding Tasmania is part of medicinal cannabis trials,” Ms Giddings said.
“In fact they feel let down by this Liberal Government’s appalling inaction when it comes to medicinal cannabis.
“Platitudes are one thing, action is another.
“A $9 million trial is starting in New South Wales because Premier Mike Baird has taken personal interest in ensuring that people suffering from debilitating illness can have access to appropriate treatment.
“The same leadership is sadly lacking from Premier Will Hodgman and Health Minister Michael Ferguson.
“Will Hodgman should either facilitate trials here or find a way for Tasmanians to be able to participate in New South Wales.
“The Government should listen to advocates like Natalie Daley and Nicole Cowles and act strongly on this issue.
“Queensland and Victoria are joining in with New South Wales, so why can’t Tasmania?
“Improved budget circumstances mean the Government can afford to support patients and carers on this important issue.”
Lara Giddings MP Shadow Attorney-General