- MARK COULTAN
- From:The Australian
A NSW parliamentary committee has recommended that use of marijuana be legalised for medical purposes by people with cancer or AIDS, or other terminal illnesses.
If approved by the NSW government, patients with specific conditions, certified by their specialist doctor, would be allowed to possess and use up to 15 grams of dry cannabis.
The committee report, which included Liberal, National, Labor, Greens and Shooters party members, was unanimous, despite reservations being expressed by representatives of the departments of health and attorney-general and by police officers who gave evidence to the committee.
The committee’s chair, National party upper house member Sarah Mitchell, said it was preferable for patients with severe illness to have the benefit of cannabis through pharmaceutical products, but there was only one such product available, which was used to treat multiple sclerosis.