New South Wales is on the verge of allowing the use of marijuana for terminal diseases and AIDS. As proposed by the parliamentary committee, patients will be allowed to use up to 15 grams of dry cannabis or its equivalent in cannabis products, after the government passes the bill.
Committee chairperson Sarah Mitchell, a Nationals MP, said that the committee has collectively supported the use of marijuana considering the medical benefits of the drug. Cannabis facts are clear that the drug has positive effects on many serious diseases. Ms. Mitchell told the media, “we understand the risks and negative effects of crude cannabis use, particularly by smoking, and we do not support the recreational use of marijuana at any stake.”
She further said, “However, the committee considers that on the basis of the available evidence, providing for a very small and specific group of patients to use crude cannabis products for medical purposes legally is both appropriate and compassionate”.
Ms. Mitchell also said that the committee feels that the persons who are suffering from deteriorating illnesses and who are in their last days should not be charged of possessing weed. “These people should not be harassed with arrest and trail in the Court, for taking steps to relieve pain or stimulate their appetite,” she added.
Committee member and Labor MP Adam Searle said, “though we are divided as politicians, we have put aside all the differences to address the issue of real human suffering.” “We have considered the evidences from patients and physicians to find out that cannabis and cannabinoid products could play a vital role to ease suffering,” he added.
As per committee member John Kaye, a Greens MP, “Many of the patients already use cannabis to get relief from pain, but have to violate the law to avail the drug. Stress from the fear of prosecution adds to their already appalling suffering.” Saxon Smith, vice president of the Australian Medical Association said that though they do not support the medical marijuana legalization, they sustain the committee’s idea to allow marijuana to seriously ill patients. “Cannabis facts are clear that it has long-term side effects on users, and we know that its recreational use is very harmful,” he added.
Sally Crossing, representative for Cancer voices NSW said, “We welcome the idea very warmly because it was what we initially suggested. Also, the cannabis products will be available for the patients in a much safer and controlled way, when regulated by the government.”