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Legalise Medicinal Cannabis

Andrea Dawkins

Andrea Dawkins  -  Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Tags: Medicinal Cannabis

That this House notes:

1.      The recently announced tripartite position of the Federal Greens, Labor and Liberal MPs to legalise the production of cannabis for medicinal purposes;

2.      The overwhelming endorsement by the national population, with 91 per cent of a recent Morgan poll indicating support for such a move;

3.      That the strongest support for the legalisation of medicinal marijuana came from the 50-plus age groups, with 94 per cent of that cohort in favour;

4.      That 82 per cent of Tasmanians surveyed indicated they were also supportive of such legislation;

5.      The endorsement by the Medical Cannabis Users Association of Tasmania and support of the Federal government’s move to ease restrictions on the production and use of medicinal marijuana;

6.      The recommendations of the Association that a compassionate cannabis access scheme be developed in Tasmania as soon as possible, which would allow interim access and protection for patients currently using the treatment; and

7.      The further recommendation by the Association that a patient-centric approach is taken by State governments when developing and rolling out legislation for the production and distribution of medical cannabis.