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Medicinal cannabis amnesty

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Rebecca Bridson
17 Merval Court

Total Signatures - 1578

Sponsoring Member: Steve Dickson MP

Posting Date: 1/12/2015

Tabled Date: 1/12/2015

Responded By: Hon Cameron Dick MP on 4/01/2016

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House:


The UN treaty stipulates that cannabis must be made available for medical and research purposes. The Queensland Government's position on medicinal cannabis is inadequate on the following grounds:

• Fails to uphold human rights
• Is discriminatory - excluding thousands of people from the benefits of whole plant cannabis therapies
• Fails to support local farmers, jobs and economy, instead favouring offshore pharmaceutical companies, increasing the cost of the PBS scheme
• Supports the black market, estimated at over $11 billion in Australia for personal cannabis use
• Is wasteful of public resources; prosecution of medicinal cannabis use is not in the public interest
• Fails to facilitate research - current cannabis patients are unable to share their medical information for fear of arrest and prosecution
• Fails to recognise the entourage effect of cannabis medicine
• Fails to recognise the human endocannabinoid system and benefits of cannabis as a source of nutrition.


Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to:


1. Allow all persons with a medical conditions or symptoms, who may benefit, access to Australian made whole plant cannabis therapies
2. Support Queensland farmers and the Queensland economy
3. Provide immediate amnesty to all cannabis therapy users, their carers and cannabis therapists to facilitate discussion and research without fear of prosecution.
4. Consult with MCUA (Medical Cannabis Users Association of Australia Inc) regarding regulatory models and patient needs.