Cannabis law reform

Eligibility - Queensland residents
Principal Petitioner:
Debra Lynch
PO Box 77
Total Signatures - 4,411
Sponsoring Member: Mr Michael Berkman MP
Posting Date: 30/8/2018
Closing Date: 17/10/2018
Tabled Date: 14/11/2018
Responded By: Hon Dr Steven Miles MP on 14/12/2018
TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House the Drugs Misuse Act’s objective target was drug-traffickers however over 90% of cannabis arrests are patients, carers and other consumers, adversely impacting health, family, employment, education and travel.

The "medicinal cannabis" laws have failed patients by giving excessive powers to Queensland Health bureaucrats who have obstructed access from other suppliers because of commercial agreements with GW (CBD, 30 children) and Zynerba (synthetic CBD/THC).

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to address these injustices by amending laws to ensure police stop arresting all cannabis consumers and every adult and child has fast-tracked-access to cannabis. In particular, we request these urgent amendments:

  • Drugs Misuse Regulations 1987, Schedules 2 and 3: criminal provisions around cannabis plants, cannabis and cannabinoids not to apply to consumers.
  • Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996, 270A: remove restrictions on the cultivation/production, possession and supply of cannabis plants, cannabis, cannabinoids; and make new regulations to allow consumers to cultivate 6 plants in flower at any one time and possess cannabis, upon the person accepting all risks and responsibilities for usage and storage of their cannabis; and licences for microbusinesses and non-profit-organisations to produce affordable cannabis for supply within Queensland.
  • Amend regulations so all doctors/wholesalers with TGA approval can prescribe/supply cannabis without state approval.
  • Establish an inquiry to review the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Act 2016, with the view of establishing, outside Queensland Health, an independent body inclusive of all stakeholders, responsible for overseeing all aspects of regulating cannabis and hemp.