Toowoomba mum petitions for medical cannabis reform

The Chronicle's front page on Rhonda Miles' campaign.
The Chronicle's front page on Rhonda Miles' campaign. Contributed

IN LESS than a week, Toowoomba mother Rhonda Miles and the Medical Cannabis Advisory Group Queensland have collected 3750 signatures for a parliamentary petition calling for medical cannabis reform.

The petition was lodged on Wednesday and presented to the Queensland Parliament yesterday morning.

It seeks immediate protection for medical patients and carers while the State Government considers amendments to health legislation to permit lawful access to cannabis under a regulated system.

The Minister will have 30 days to give a response.

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Mrs Miles said she was "overwhelmed by the generous support shown towards Lachlan and her family by the Toowoomba community" following the publication of her story in The Chronicle last Saturday.

"We have been encouraged by the support of Queenslanders. We will be engaging in a way that makes positive changes for patients with disabling and life threatening conditions that may benefit from the use of cannabis," she said.

"What we don't want to hear from politicians is that more research is needed before they will act.

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"I am not saying research doesn't have value and is not needed in some cases, but it doesn't need to be a precursor to moving forward with reform, especially in the situation where thousands of patients are already accessing cannabis and benefiting now from its use.

"The plant and its medicinal properties and benefits have already been the subject of extensive overseas research for many years and is now available for patients to access in several countries including the US and Israel.

"Australia is lagging behind the rest of the world on this issue."

Should medical marijuana be legalised?

This poll ended on 17 December 2015.

Current Results

Yes

93%

No

6%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

With the help of volunteers, Mrs Miles manned a petition stall at the Northpoint Shopping Centre and collected the thousands of signatures.

She has vowed to fight for the legalisation of medical cannabis for her son Lachlan, 15, who has suffered from life-threatening seizures for three and a half years.

"The Medical Advisory Group Queensland looks forward to being a powerful voice for patients during this debate and we call on both the Labor Party and the LNP to work together on this issue in the best interests of Queenslanders and are looking forward to the response to our petition," Mrs Miles said.



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