Shadow Minister for Health Mark McArdle today welcomed the announcement by the Federal Government and Health Minister Sussan Ley, that legislation will be introduced to Federal Parliament to supply a safe and secure supply of medical cannabis to all Australians.
“This is welcome news and I congratulate the Minister on the initiative,” Mr McArdle said.
“We will now have legislation that allows the growing and supply of medicinal cannabis to assist Queenslanders who are suffering incredible pain due to crippling illnesses and diseases.
“This has been a slow task but it would appear the end is coming into sight.”
Mr McArdle said the need for medicinal cannabis has long been recognised in the community, and with what would appear to be bi-partisan support, the legislation should pass both houses of Federal Parliament in the near future.
“Of course, the legislation must provide protections to ensure that whatever substance is put in, the body is going to be of benefit and not cause of harm,” he said.
“The role of general practitioners will be critical in assessing who should receive the drug and will provide a safety net.
“I understand State Government may hold the license to grow the product, and I urge the State Government here in Queensland to consider this role urgently.”