Not only that, many Australian politicians keep fluffing up their feathers saying how generous and efficient they are in regard to the issue. Yet they do deals with large corporations to grow product that never seems to make it to doctors or patients. They have done their best to keep the medical community in the dark, they refuse to create channels to important perfectly good product from the USA and Canada.
These two pieces published in the media over the weekend indicate clearly that Australian politicians are more mouth than action and we’d suggest that in a couple of years some thorough journalistic and legal investigation will lead to revelations about the political class and how they used other people’s misfortune to line their own pockets and garner votes on the back of doing nothing at all.
Title: Even Australia’s Medical Marijuana Poster Boy Can’t Get the Drug
Author: New York Times
Date: 11 February 2018
Australia legalized medical marijuana in 2016, and the country’s health minister said this January that he wanted the nation to become the world’s leading supplier of the drug.
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But in a cruel paradox, people like Mr. Carter — who has been told he has a brain tumor and epilepsy — find it hard to get the drug in their country. Bureaucracy and regulation, uninformed doctors, limited supply and high costs make what in some cases could be a lifesaving drug nearly impossible to obtain.
Dr. Bastian Seidel, president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, called the country’s distribution system “fragmented” and “not transparent.”
“We don’t have a consistent, regulatory framework that is either efficient or timely,” he said, “and this is what makes it so frustrating for medical practitioners and for patients who are clearly in need of medical treatment.”
Title: Prominent medicinal cannabis supplier set for government showdown in South Australia court
Author: 9 News
Date: 12 February 2018
One of Australia’s highest-profile medicinal cannabis suppliers is prepared to face nine-years’ jail in a court case that could set a national legal precedent.
Adelaide woman Jenny Hallam, 45, was raided by police in January last year, halting the supply of her cannabis oil to almost 300 Australians suffering from a range of medical conditions.
Some of Ms Hallam’s clients, who she said all received the medicinal cannabis for free, may now appear in court to help her try to avoid a jail term similar in length faced by convicted ice manufacturers.
Ms Hallam told Nine.com.au she had witnesses prepared to bring their medical records into a South Australian court and tell a jury how medicinal cannabis had improved their quality of life and explain why the current system was “broken”.