By Karen Keast
Throughout her 20-plus year nursing career, Lucy Haslam was familiar with issues around pain management and cancer treatment.
A community nurse, Lucy founded and ran her own home nursing service in Tamworth, New South Wales, often assisting palliative care patients.
But it wasn’t until her son Daniel began battling bowel cancer four years ago that she realised the medical benefits of cannabis.
Cannabis has helped Daniel, now 24, largely overcome nausea, vomiting and poor appetite around his chemotherapy treatments while Daniel is also using cannabis oil in a final bid to halt the terminal disease.
Now, Lucy and her husband, a former drug squad police officer, are fighting to decriminalise the medical use of cannabis for Daniel and others like him.