Australia – Breaking News: Greens Force A Senate Community Affairs Committee To Debate “Broken (Medical Cannabis) System”
The Greens won support for the inquiry 35 votes to 31, with Labor and crossbench senators helping the minor party defeat the Federal government. The committee is due to report on 12 February, 2020. Barriers confronting patients trying to access medicinal cannabis in Australia will be scrutinised in a Parliamentary inquiry into how the drug is regulated. The Greens said the medicinal cannabis system is “broken” and in urgent need of reform as their push for an inquiry into access to the drug won support in the Senate on Thursday. But the Federal government has rejected the need for review saying it continues to enable access to medicinal cannabis for those in need while maintaining safeguards of its use. Health Minister Greg Hunt is seen inspecting the cannabis plants. AAP Greens leader Richard Di Natale said patients are being denied access to medicinal cannabis by a “dysfunctional” system that is not working for them. “The failure of the current system has led to thousands of patients being denied access to medicine, with many being forced to turn to the black market,” he said. “Doctors shouldn’t be turning away sick people because of the complexities of prescribing cannabis.” Greens leader Richard Di…
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