OUR SAY: Cannabis law change sensible

THE Federal Government has shown considerable common sense in its decision to introduce laws that will make it legal to use cannabis for medicinal purposes.

The drug has been shown to be beneficial for the treatment of a range of conditions.

Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley has signalled medicinal cannabis may be available to patients within months which is news that will bring relief to parents who have been forced to break the law to help provide relief for their children.

Ms Ley said yesterday that there may be benefits from the use of cannabis about which science remains unaware.

LNP shadow health minister Mark McArdle supports the policy shift as does Buderim MP Steve Dickson and Labor Fisher candidate Bill Gissane.

The decision should not be seen by some as a signal that the law is likely to change in relation to recreational cannabis use.

It is highly unlikely Australia will follow the 2001 decision by Portugal to decriminalise the personal use of all drugs regardless of how successful that policy has proven to be.



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