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State Liberals welcome progress with medicinal cannabis

State Liberals today applauded the Turnbull Government for delivering improved access to medicinal cannabis for people suffering a range of debilitating diseases.

Health Minister, Greg Hunt, today announced that companies will be permitted to apply to distribute cannabis oils and medications locally.

Shadow Health Minister, Stephen Wade, said that it is vital that we establish properly regulated local supplies.

“Too many patients, their families, friends and health practitioners, have been forced to take risks with unregulated suppliers, often from overseas, not knowing the quality of the product,” said Mr Wade.

“Building on the leadership of the Baird Government in New South Wales, Australia is well on the road to providing safe access to relief for thousands of Australians.

“The Weatherill Government on the other hand has been slow to pursue commercial opportunities, and even slower to pursue medical opportunities.

“The State Liberals and other parliamentary groups have repeatedly highlighted the tardiness of the Weatherill Government to engage in important clinical trials.”

At the end of January, SA Health closed a consultation on “Patient access to medicinal cannabis in South Australia”.

The discussion paper highlights that the State Government will need to put in place a patient access pathway for South Australians to access medicinal cannabis.

This will require changes to controlled substances legislation and it will need to establish an expert advisory panel to provide clinical advice.

The Weatherill Government needs to settle the pathway as soon as possible and get the legislation drafted.