Posted: 13 October, 2016
by @amydrewsnews / Kendall Davies
Medicinal Cannabis Bill Passed In QLD Parliament
Queensland patients with life-threatening conditions can now legally access medicinal cannabis, after state parliament unanimously passed legislation overnight.
The Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2016 been called a "game changer" and could help HIV/Aids patients, MS patients, people going through cancer treatment and kids with severe life-threatening epilepsy.
Use of the drugs will be integrated into patient treatment plans and overseen by a medical practitioner, to ensure correct monitoring and controls are in place.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration will also need to approve all prescriptions before they can be given out.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the legislation is milestone for families that have tirelessly campaigned for legal access to the drug.
"My Government has been moved by the stories of families with young children with epilepsy, suffering life-threatening seizures, and what they have to go through on a daily basis," she said.
Obviously, recreational use of cannabis or use without the appropriate approvals remains illegal in Queensland and across the country.