Mr Entsch is one of a multi-party group of federal MPs who are working on a bill that, if passed, will allow cannabis oil to be used in the treatment of illnesses including cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy on a trial basis.
Mr Entsch is one of a multi-party group of federal MPs who are working on a bill that, if passed, will allow cannabis oil to be used in the treatment of illnesses including cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy on a trial basis. AAP Image - Lukas Coch

Queensland MP moves to put medical marijuana on the PBS

QUEENSLAND MP Warren Entsch has joined the push to legalise medical marijuana in Australia in the hopes it will bring some relief for patients with life-threatening illnesses.

Mr Entsch is one of a multi-party group of federal MPs who are working on a bill that, if passed, will allow cannabis oil to be used in the treatment of illnesses including cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy on a trial basis.

He told ABC radio that if the trials were successful, there would be a bill calling for the legalisation of medical marijuana and for it be added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

This federal initiative is matched at state level with the New South Wales government looking likely to pass a bill making medical marijuana legal in that state next month while in Victoria, Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews said cannabis would be available for medical treatment if Labor gained office in November.

Overseas medical trials have shown marijuana to be helpful in the treatment of chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy.

Its use has already been legalised in 23 US states and a number of European countries including the UK and Germany.

Norfolk Island was set to become the first Australian Territory to trail medical marijuana after giving the nod to a Tasmanian company earlier this month to grow the crop on the island for that purpose.

But last week the Federal government overturned that decision and revoked the licence to grow the cannabis.

- APN Newsdesk



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