MEDICINAL marijuana has proven itself an excellent treatment for a variety of medical conditions including One Nation candidate Torin O’Brien’s chronic pain which he’s had to endure as a result of a professional career as a Muay Thai fighter.
A few weeks ago, Mr O’Brien candidly revealed to the Morning Bulletin that he found medicinal marijuana provided him with sustainable pain relief in a way that addictive pharmaceutical drugs couldn’t, and he wished to remove the “lazy drug addict” stigma surrounding its use.
Mr O’Brien was determined to ensure the drug was more readily available, cheaper and possibly added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme to assist those suffering medical conditions in the community.
Both Rockhampton MP Barry O’Rourke and Capricornia MP Michelle Landry were approached to see what their governments were doing towards making medicinal cannabis more readily available for those who needed it.
Queensland Government addresses medicinal cannabis issue
Mr O’Rourke said the Queensland Government was continuing to deliver on its commitment to streamline access to medicinal marijuana for Queensland patients who need it.
“The State Government does not support using recreational or unregulated medicinal marijuana as there is no guarantee that these products are safe and effective,” Mr O’Rourke said.
“We have made changes that have significantly shortened the wait time to access medicinal marijuana for those who need it.
“All specialist medical practitioners (including specialist general practitioners) are able to prescribe schedule 8 medicinal marijuana without the need for a Queensland approval.”
He said Queensland pharmacists no longer needed a state-based approval to dispense medicinal marijuana and researchers no longer required a Queensland approval to conduct a clinical trial.
“A trial of medicinal cannabis for children with severe treatment-resistant epilepsy has been underway since 2017 at The Queensland Children’s Hospital,” he said.
A Queensland Health spokesman said on June 18, the Queensland Government made changes to legislation so that all Queensland medical practitioners could now prescribe schedule 4 and schedule 8 medicinal marijuana products without the requirement for a Queensland Health approval.
“A Queensland Health approval is still required when the prescribing is a schedule 8 medicinal…