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Progress seen in endorsement of cannabis use

Senator Colbeck

THE cross-party endorsement of medicinal cannabis legislation “importantly progresses the issue”, according to Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck.

Senator Colbeck said the bipartisan support of the bill, introduced in the Senate on Thursday, showed “there was a public desire to see something occur”.

The bill seeks to set up a regulatory body that would have the power to license medicinal cannabis growers and allow general practitioners to prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients.

He said it was important to conduct clinical trials and set up a regulatory framework before an agricultural trial was conducted.

“It’s about efficacy and clinical trials at this stage, rather than setting up an agricultural trial,” he said.

Senator Colbeck said the Tasmanian government was right to wait for a legislative framework to be established before starting an agricultural trial.

“We’re not missing anything from an agricultural point of view: it needs to be managed in a certain way, with managed horticulture and very strict security,” he said.

“There’s been a positive conversation at COAG (the Council of Australian Governments), support for the issue from the Prime Minister, and strong public debate occurring, but it’s important to get the right clinical and regulatory frameworks first.”

Senator Colbeck said he expected widespread support for the issue but was unsure what the bill would look like by the end of the Senate processes.

“There’s an expectation the bill will be referred to a Senate inquiry, which will help to inform the debate and will help to determine the final shape of the legislation,” he said.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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