Time for a new approach to the medicinal use of cannabis

Labor is calling for a new approach to the medicinal use of cannabis.

Shadow Attorney-General Lara Giddings said that it was time for mature discussions about the social and economic benefits of medicinal cannabis.

“It’s time for all sides of politics to get together with the experts and come up with a result that benefits patients and the state,” Ms Giddings said.

“An appropriately managed hemp industry could create jobs in Tasmania.

“Recent media reports have shone a light on the human stories of people who have been helped by medicinal cannabis.

“Medicinal cannabis could be controlled in the same way opiate-based drugs are already administered.

“I know people in our community who would benefit from having access to prescribed cannabis for their medical condition.”

Ms Giddings said Tasmania has seen the economic benefits of the poppy industry for many years.

“It’s time to investigate the possibility of Tasmania also moving into growing hemp for medicinal purposes.”

Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White said the issue was not about legalising the drug or about smoking marijuana for pain relief.

“It is about providing doctors with access to a drug that can bring pain relief and ease suffering for patients.” Ms White said.