As you may know, last week I released draft legislation that would make medicinal cannabis available to alleviate the suffering of patients who are terminally ill or in chronic pain.
The ACT Greens have long supported the science behind medicinal cannabis, and believe that people who are sick and dying should have access to treatment without fear of criminal sanction.
In other parts of the world, medicinal cannabis is prescribed and administered by doctors just like any other medication. A poll conducted only last week shows that almost 66% of Australians support changing the law to allow sick people to use cannabis for medical purposes. I have received many emails and letters in the short time since I released the draft legislation, and it is clear that the community has welcomed discussion of this issue and is ready to support the legalisation of medicinal cannabis.
As Greens Minister I recently:
- Welcomed the new democratically Elected Body for the ACT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
- Launched the Hepatitis Report Card at a forum for World Hepatitis Day
- Launched the RSPCA’s Cupcake Day fundraiser. Click here to register an event.
- Attended a meeting of State and Territory Corrective Services Ministers
Out in the community I recently:
- Got a firsthand experience of ACT Roads from a motorcyclists perspective with the ACT MRA
- Spoke at a public forum about changes to the ACT Electoral Act which will benefit the old parties at the expense of democratic representation.
- Hosted an presentation on permaculture in Timor with Canberra Friends of Dili
- Helped out at the Mt Majura National Tree Day planting event for Canberra Tree Week
- Attended the launch of the Active Kids Challenge which promotes sport and active lifestyles in ACT primary schools