lookinggoodguys Posted May 10, 2016 Report Share Posted May 10, 2016 The Queensland government has taken another step towards approving the use of medicinal cannabis, with a new bill set to establish the framework for the prescription, dispensing and administration of the drug. The bill was announced by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who said she had been "moved by the stories of families with young children with epilepsy, suffering life-threatening seizures, and what they go through on a daily basis". http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/content/dam/images/g/m/m/q/1/7/image.related.articleLeadwide.620x349.goqgaf.png/1462840601209.jpgPremier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the medicinal marijuana bill is not a "green light for the recreational use". Photo: Rohan ThomsonMs Palaszczuk said the government had worked with Victoria and New South Wales in drafting the legislation. But she stressed it was not "a green light for the recreational use of cannabis, nor for people to grow their own cannabis, even if for therapeutic use". "To manage medicinal cannabis use in future, particularly if patient demand for this type of treatment increases, a more specific, transparent and robust regulatory framework is required," he said.Health Minister Cameron Dick said it would help set out the path for doctors to prescribe the drug, outside "Australia's first medically supervised prescription and use of medicinal cannabis", which was approved by Queensland last week. "The new legislation will provide that framework. "It will allow the use of medicinal cannabis products in Queensland, provided they are based on medical evidence and supported by clinical treatment plans." The legislation, which will be sent to committee for review, will be introduced later on Tuesday. The bill is likely to receive support from the Katter Party MPs, who are looking at the forthcoming approval of medicinal cannabis as a new potential crop opportunity for north Queensland farmers. The move comes a day after the death of Queensland girl Rumer Rose, whose father was convicted after using cannabis oil to treat her cancer symptoms. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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