Cross-border efforts on push for medical marijuana

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Medical MJBy Tom McIlroy – Canberra Times.

Greens minister Shane Rattenbury could reconsider his proposed model for the introduction of medical cannabis in the ACT, as a community consultation period on draft legislation comes to an end.

In July the Territory and Municipal Services Minister introduced a bill into the Legislative Assembly which would allow terminally and chronically ill Canberrans to grow marijuana and use the drug to alleviate pain and symptoms, if they had approval from the ACT Chief Health Officer.

Mr Rattenbury met with a cross-party group of NSW legislators on Friday and said the community consultation could lead to changes to the proposed model.

The meeting with NSW upper house members, including Greens member John Kaye, Nationals Trevor Kahn and Sarah Mitchell and Labor’s Helen Westwood, comes before Monday’s deadline for responses to the draft legislation.

Under the current plan, applications would fall into categories of terminal illness with a prognosis of death within a year, chronic or debilitating conditions or serious illness such as cancer, AIDS or HIV, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury or epilepsy…read more.


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