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Greens Welcome Medical Cannabis MoU

The Greens welcome the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Tasmanian and New South Wales governments. It’s about time.

The MoU on medicinal cannabis trials is wonderful news, especially for Tasmanians suffering from chronic conditions. The agreement says opportunities will be explored for Tasmanian patients to participate in trials is good, and we hope the government does all it can to help those who want to be part of them.

Tasmania was in the position to be the leader in this field, when it was proposed last year. But instead we are left to follow in New South Wales’ wake.

It’s a great shame that the Health Minister didn’t have the courage to support Tasmanian medical cannabis trials when they were on the table last year.

After hold ups and non-commitments from the Health Minister, his government has finally taken the step forward for him.

For the families of Tasmanians suffering from chronic and severe epilepsy, as well as the traumatic effects of cancer treatment, these trials can’t come soon enough.
Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Primary Industries spokesperson

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  1. Lyn

    December 14, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    The signing of this document does not address the fact that Tasmanians are suffering.
    It does not address the need of hundreds of Tasmanians who wish to use use cannabis without fear of prosecution.
    It does not address the need for a compassionate access scheme.
    It does nothing for Tasmanians who need cannabis therapy now.

  2. john reeves

    December 14, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    While some movement or progress is welcome, the standard processes of medicinal trials with NSW is unlikley to provide much relief for patients in need.

    Public demand for MC is quite high and this demand is currently being met by self growing patients and black market transactions.

    What’s needed in Tas is a full scale Compassionate access scheme for current and future patients and a realistic plan if supply.

    The recent announcement falls way short of meeting patient needs and is difficult to support for that reason.

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