More momentum for medicinal cannabis trial

Shadow Attorney-General Lara Giddings says the community push for a trial into medicinal cannabis is getting stronger by the day.

“Despite a closed-minded approach from the State Government, Labor’s prepared to keep fighting on this issue,” Ms Giddings said.

“Petitions have been launched after an overwhelming push for change from the public.

“Brave Tasmanians like Natalie Daley, Jessica Rush and Nicole Cowles have put the issue firmly on the political agenda.

“By sharing their personal stories, the community is quickly becoming aware of the benefits associated with medicinal cannabis.

“Health Minister Michael Ferguson is standing in the way of public opinion on this issue.

“Hopefully the Legislative Council inquiry will further inform the debate and influence the Liberal Government’s rigid opinion.

“In the meantime, I’ll stand with those Tasmanians advocating for a change in policy.

“Medicinal cannabis presents significant health and economic benefits for Tasmania.

“We need a compassionate, common sense approach to the issue.”