Opinion

Being medicinal cannabis leaders is on the cards

I REFER to the SCD article (October 14) "Medicinal marijuana now legal" and the paragraph: It has been recommended that the government look at options to get a licence to cultivate and manufacture the drug in Queensland, but Buderim MP Steve Dickson said this was not what the priority should be.

With only one line of my speech to the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2016 quoted, it puts my views out of context.

Extract below: I have also noted the committee considers the cultivation and manufacturing of medicinal cannabis in Queensland may create agricultural and business opportunities. And I think they are absolutely spot-on.

In particular, I believe the Sunshine Coast provides the perfect environmental conditions to be a leader in growing and manufacturing medicinal cannabis in Australia.

However, the Committee recommends the Queensland Government "prioritise its investigation of options for obtaining a licence to cultivate and manufacture medicinal cannabis in Queensland".

I believe the Queensland Government should prioritise timely access, particularly for severely and terminally ill patients and that this access should include a wider variety of illnesses including epilepsy, cancer, arthritis, chronic pain and PTSD. I will continue to be a strong advocate for medicinal cannabis. I would like to see it grown on the Sunshine Coast by an Australian company.

STEVE DICKSON

Member for Buderim

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