There is strong community and political support to reform our approach to medicinal cannabis and make this medication available to those who need it.
As Co-convenor of the Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy and Law Reform, Dr Richard Di Natale continues to work with experts, patients and politicians from all sides of politics to deliver policy reform that ensures access to medicinal cannabis for every patient who needs it.
There is already overwhelming evidence for the efficacy of medicinal cannabis for conditions such as intractable nausea and muscle spasms. This issue is not about politics, it’s about getting medicine to people who need it, relieving their pain and suffering.
Australian-made Medicinal Cannabis
Dr Richard Di Natale has announced of legislation to ensure terminally ill patients can gain access to Australian made medicinal cannabis products, not just imports.
Current rights for patients to access medicinal cannabis, which were restored by the Greens in June, mean medicinal cannabis needs to be imported, rather than be bought from Australian suppliers.
We need to fix the issues with medicinal cannabis to ensure real, reliable, access for all the Australians who need it.
The Greens are listening to the voice of our most vulnerable patients. We are their champion in parliament and we will keep fighting for appropriate access to high-quality medicinal cannabis for those who need it.
Disallowing unfair regulation
The Greens have successfully ensured that terminally ill Australian patients can access medicinal cannabis – despite attempts by the government, One Nation and Nick Xenophon Team to block this important treatment. You can read the disallowance here.
This means terminally ill patients will have faster access to the medical cannabis they are prescribed by their doctor to help manage their pain. Patients who are currently waiting weeks and sometimes months for access to these treatments will have their wait time cut to less than a day – just like any other pain medication.
This is as important step – but it is just one of many we need to take to ensure that medicinal cannabis is available to all those who need it. The Greens will continue to campaign for this issue until the Government puts in place a program that gives Australian patients a reliable, pain-free pathway to the treatments they need.
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