Pressure grows on governments over medicinal cannabis

The administrator of Norfolk Island, the Hon. Gary Hardgrave, has overturned the island’s Government’s decision to allow the growing and export of medicinal cannabis crops.

 

Shadow Attorney-General Lara Giddings said today that this decision puts further pressure on the State and Federal Governments to resolve the issues that are holding back a trial of medicinal cannabis in Tasmania.

 

“It is ridiculous that Liberal Governments and now their appointees are finding reasons to stop the development of a medicinal cannabis industry rather than help a properly regulated and administered industry grow, in-line with poppies,” Ms Giddings said.

 

“Mr Abbott has the power to step in to reverse the decision of the administrator and he should act immediately.

 

“By doing this the Federal Government would also clear the way for Tasmania to set up our own industry should the State Liberals change their tune.

 

“The case for a medicinal cannabis industry in Tasmania is sound – it would create jobs, stimulate growth and of course give doctors another option when attempting to ease the suffering of patients.

 

“The Labor-led case for a medicinal cannabis trial in Tasmania continues to gather support across the state.

 

“A Tasmanian trial would build on the learnings from other medicinal cannabis trials in countries like Germany and Canada which now allow for its use.

 

“All we need is for the State and Federal Governments to get rid of the blue tape that is tying up investment and jobs in this industry both here and on Norfolk Island.”

 

The e-petition calling on the State Government to allow a trial of medicinal cannabis in Tasmania has reached almost 1700 signatures and can be accessed on the Parliament of Tasmania website at www.parliament.tas.gov.au/EPetitions/House/ and go to Current Petitions. The petition closes on Monday.