Campbell Newman 'sympathetic' about medical marijuana

PREMIER Campbell Newman remains "sympathetic" on the issue of medical marijuana, but he said his view on whether it should be legalised would be based on information from the National Health and Medical Research Council - not another state.

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird has raised hopes he could be considering a move to legalise cannabis in situations where it was deemed medically beneficial.

The mother of Daniel Haslam, a 24-year-old who has terminal cancer, told the ABC that Premier Baird had offered his support on the issue. The Haslams' local member, Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson, is expected to table a private member's bill in the NSW parliament on the issue in the next three weeks.

"The National Health and Medical Research Council are the ones we will take notice of," Mr Newman said.

"I have said that we have great sympathy. I have pretty much echoed what Mike Baird has said, but I'd be interested in what the NHMRC is saying."

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