Fresh hope for medical marijuana

At the very least a clinical trial of medical marijuana should be conducted to gather evidence on the value of this as a treatment.

The campaign to give the seriously ill access to medical marijuana is finally gaining pace in political circles.

A Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy and Law Reform discussed the issue in Canberra last Thursday.

While far from a victory, the mere fact this issue is being officially debated in parliamentary circles will give those behind the push to have medical marijuana legalised some heart.

Our interest in the legalisation of medical marijuana centres around Mia Mia parents Cheri and David O'Connell who saw their nine-year-old daughter Tamara go from having 200 seizures a day to zero after gaining a supply from a NSW grower.

That grower is now facing court proceedings meaning the family could be forced to stop giving medical marijuana to Tamara.

It's staggering there is still debate around the worth of medical marijuana when people such as the O'Connells provide evidence of its worth to those in need.

At the very least a clinical trial of medical marijuana should be conducted to gather evidence on the value of this as a treatment.

Surely society owes that to all the seriously and terminally ill people and their families who see so much worth in medical marijuana in making their lives so much better.

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