The Hodgman government is giving mixed messages over medicinal cannabis, with Tasmania poised to lead the nation if Minister Ferguson approves a ground-breaking trial at UTAS while the Premier says he's 'unconvinced', Greens Health spokesperson Cassy O’Connor MP said today.
“Earlier this week the Health Minister indicated he had an open mind towards Tasmania hosting a medicinal cannabinoids trial, but yesterday the Premier appeared to over-ride that position,” Ms O’Connor said.
“The Greens urge the state Liberal government to heed the real life situation facing many Tasmanians suffering from symptoms associated with cancer, HIV AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, neurological conditions, and seizures, and give the go ahead to a proposed trial with at University of Tasmania."
“It is misleading to keep trying to refer the issue to the Therapeutic Goods Administration, as the first step is to undertake the proposed trial for those results to then be taken to the TGA for assessment.”
“That is all that is being asked of Minister Ferguson at this stage.”
“This is an opportunity for Tasmania to leverage its international reputation for growing opium poppies for medical opiates in a regulated and safe manner. It could also herald a new industry for our state which helps people maintain quality of life and creates jobs.”
“By authorising the proposed trial with UTAS, the Minister would keep Tasmania at the forefront of this medical research, and give hope to those many people suffering now or those having to watch loved ones suffer without adequate relief."
"Out of compassion, let's have the courage to give it a go," Ms O'Connor said.