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It's nothing short of complete treachery. This afternoon, Pauline Hanson - a supposed supporter of medical weed - helped ensure dying patients would be denied access to the drug through the Therapeutic Goods Administration's Special Access Scheme 'Category A' pathway. The Category is intended for the ...
Imagine you’re building your dream home – the most beautiful house ever built. And that resources aren’t any problem; that you can afford, just about, to hire the finest professionals anywhere to be found in the world – ready and capable of turning your vision into reality. You have the perfect location, premium, artisanal materials plus a phone and a very large cheque-book. In these circumstances, it’s unlikely, one would think, you’d engage for ...
The Secretary of the Medical Cannabis Users Association of Australia tells her story and explains why the Government is getting things wrong   I'd first like to address the frustration Cannabis Advocates face in this country. Aside from the tremendous knowledge-bank that exists within a large community of 'Healers' - compassionate suppliers of cannabis medicines and/or those like myself, Read More
Today we publish an item some may think controversial. We do so after much deliberation and with the assistance of those involved - and have presented the Commonwealth Department of Health with the same information, together with one or two questions. As the struggle over medical cannabis intensifies and patients find themselves increasingly on the periphery of a debate in which their role should be central, we reproduce - with thanks - a selection of (anonymised) ...
UPDATE 22nd MARCH: The 23rd March Senate vote on the Greens' Motion to Disallow changes to the Therapeutic Goods Administration's Special Access Scheme 'Category A' which mean terminally ill patients cannot access cannabis or cannabis products using that 'pathway' has been POSTPONED (see part way down below article). We understand the new date will be 11th May or (possibly) June. More details on the Queensland Medical Cannabis Advisory Group's
My name is 'Deb', I am a former Rural GP. Four years of fighting AHPRA and melanoma (the former of which prevents me from identifying myself further) left me with considerable and unforeseen time on my hands - time I chose to spend researching cannabis after stories of its alleged healing properties began reaching me in my bushland surgery in the Queensland backwaters. If you're a health practitioner of any kind I'm encouraged by the fact ...
:: Terminally Ill Woman's Prescription Cannabis – Her Dying Wish - Snatched By Government; :: Labor Refuses To Support Access To Cannabis Medicine By Terminally Sick Patients; :: Public Consultation on Special Access Scheme Category B / Authorised Prescribers; :: What's The Argument About Anyway?   You don't get much more vulnerable than a hospitalised, terminally ill mother with cancer who's been given a fortnight to live. But you'd expect, ...
ARTICLE UPDATED 2 MARCH 2017 - INCLUDES LATEST NAT. FIGURES FOR CANNABIS PRESCRIPTION AUTHORISATIONS UPDATE: Shortly after the below appeared, Queensland Health – which is discussed within the piece – published two significant notifications on its website. These are explored in an addendum at the end of the article.

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Anyone turning on the TV or reading a paper last Wednesday (22nd Feb) could easily be forgiven for believing real progress was being made with Australia's medical cannabis ...
It must count as one of the most dazzling examples of Doublethink since George Orwell sat down and wrote the clocks were striking thirteen. While claiming it believes access to medical cannabis is of 'vital importance to many Australians' the Federal Government has appointed what appear to be some of the most inexpert 'experts' on the matter to 'advise' on its programme for weed. Such apparently contrary behaviour in relation to the issue however is nothing ...
As predicted by this site just before Christmas, furious patients, carers and advocacy groups across Australia are gearing themselves up for a SECOND huge struggle with the Federal Government over access to medical pot. Already, just six weeks into the year, at least three major initiatives have launched amidst claims Ministers and bureaucrats have duped both the public at large and sick Australians who require the drug to stay ...