Family fights to legalise drug

DOZENS of people have contacted the family at the centre of a debate over medicinal marijuana - desperate to get access to the "life-saving" drug. 

Mia Mia's O'Connell family has renewed calls to legalise of medicinal marijuana after revealing their daughter Tara had a "miraculous recovery" from her severe epilepsy after using daily doses of liquid cannabis.

Dozens seek "life-saving" marijuana

Since sharing her story, Ms O'Connell has had more than a 100 families contact her to get access to the medicinal marijuana. 

She said the response had been overwhelmingly positive, but also quite devastating to learn how many people were suffering unnecessarily. 

"You don't realise how many children out there are suffering, and not only that, adults are suffering and are bed-ridden too and they don't need to be," she said. 

"The reason we've gone public is for these people. We are fighting for everyone else with a chronic illness who can't wait for this to be legalised anymore. 

"These people are dying and suffering daily for no reason - they've tried everything and have zero chance of survival if we don't do something."

Ms O’Connell she is pushing for Tara's Law to be passed by the government - the legalisation of marijuana to save other people's lives. 

"Tara would have died without it and the only thing that's stopping it being passed is the permission to grow it in Australia," she said. 

"There is actually no illegal substances in the medicinal marijuana once it's been processed.

"And people who are wanting access to liquid cannabis are people who have tried everything - medications, surgery.

"There is nothing left to help them apart from this."

Premier Dennis Napthine said at the weekend there were no plans to change that law and any questions of approving medications “would be an issue for the Therapeutic Goods Administration Authority (TGA) under the Federal Government.”

The Bendigo Advertiser has sought comment from the TGA.

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