Bill recommends that terminally ill patients use cannabis

A BILL which recommends an overhaul of New South Wales drug laws to allow terminally ill patients to access cannabis for medical reasons will be tabled in the NSW parliament next week.

The NSW Upper House committee responsible for the inquiry voted unanimously this week for the bill to safeguard patients, who have been given a script, from being charged with drug possession.

More than 50 submissions were received from lobby groups and health professionals across the state.

Australian Greens spokesperson for health, Senator Richard Di Natale, welcomed the report on Friday and applauded the committee for showing "tremendous leadership".

"Medical cannabis can help relieve the pain and nausea experienced by cancer patients but they are unable to access it because of Australia's laws drug laws," Sen Di Natale said

"Sadly in the past, debate on this issue has been driven largely by ideology and politics, rather than looking at the medical evidence."

Among other things, the bill recommends developing a register for authorised patients and carers to verify individuals qualify for an exemption from arrest or prosecution.


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