In my opinion SA should join the other states.
I also agree with it's use for specific conditions...
Medical marijuana trials: SA Liberals push for SA to be involved
- LAUREN NOVAK POLITICAL REPORTER
- THE ADVERTISER
- APRIL 28, 2015 3:12PM
Vic, Qld join NSW in medical marijuana trials
Medical marijuana plants at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, California. Pic: AP
SOUTH Australia should be more involved in trials of medical marijuana to treat illnesses, the Opposition says.
The NSW Government in December announced three trials expected to involve hundreds of participants.A trial for children with severe epilepsy, who have not responded to traditional medicine, is expected to start first in NSW.It would be followed by trials for adults with terminal illness and people with nausea induced by chemotherapy.Queensland and Victoria have joined the trials but SA Premier Jay Weatherill has said SA will wait to see the results.
Opposition Leader Steven Marshall has called for a South Australian expert to be on the advisory panel.Mr Marshall said South Australian patients should also be eligible to be involved.“(The State Government) say they support the trials but they’re not getting involved and I think they’re really missing an opportunity,” he said.“This medical use of marijuana should really be something that we’re exploring here in South Australia but again we’ve been left behind.“There’s a great opportunity for us to be at the forefront ... to be looking at the opportunities that there quite obviously are for application here in South Australia.“If we have got suitable people here in SA we should be participating and make this a truly national trial.”Mr Marshall said he was not advocating that SA adopt the use of medicinal marijuana ahead of the outcome of the trial.How does medical marijuana work?
Health Minister Jack Snelling said SA “supports that (NSW) trial, will closely monitor it and cooperate as required”.“But there are no current plans to start a separate trial or replicate here in SA what NSW is already doing,” he said.“Medical opinion is currently divided on the use of medical marijuana.“There are already patients that will be participating in these trials and we will monitor it closely.”Greens MLC Tammy Franks will host a forum for MPs on Friday to discuss the need for “sick and suffering” South Australians to be able to take part in the trials.
A bottle of cannabis-infused oil used as medicine for a four-year-old girl who suffers from severe epilepsy in Colorado.
“South Australia needs to get in the game, but without a captain’s call we are just waiting on the sidelines,” she said.“The Premier should show this leadership and also issue directives to police and child protection so they use appropriate discretion where a sick person or their family are sourcing medicinal cannabis options ... (as) has been done interstate.”