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Medical cannabis trials mired in red tape

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In what kind of crazy world of politics are we living right now? While Victoria is considering assisted dying’, it seems that all states are very far away from assisted living’.

Didn’t Tony Bower start to hand out his cannabis tincture in Nimbin on 1 December, World AIDS Day, 2009? (It made front-page of the Nimbin Good Times, December 09).

Wasn’t it in November 2014 at the inaugural Medicinal Cannabis Symposium in Tamworth that premier Baird said in his opening address that NSW could be ‘the world leader in medicinal cannabis’?

And wow, after 25 months there is a call-out for 80 people on chemotherapy to join a trial with cannabis.

It was the late Dan Haslam who made the premier aware about cannabis being very helpful to his quality of life while on chemotherapy for his cancer.

With Human Rights Day on 10 December, I wonder if it should be a human right to live without pain as much as possible and therefore being able to choose what medicine the patient wants to use.

There are thousands of people who benefit already from using cannabis for their health in all different ways, still frightened daily, because of it’s illegality. There are tens of thousands waiting for being able to get assisted living’ happening right now!

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  1. That is correct Chibo. Once Mankind starts killing people in the name of mercy killing it changes the human thinking to not preserve life in other forms. Human beings will be killed with the attitude of “Well he was going to die anyway, so why not now.”
    Look at war in far off Syria and Afghanistan where in the hell hole of war in killing the enemy civilians, innocent people and women and children are being killed. Soldiers defend this killing.
    The attitude of the soldiers are that ‘They were in the way and we had a job to do.”
    That is what happens. We start killing everyone. Life is precious as we don’t know what is on the other side.
    Or do we? If the place after death is the same place you were before being born, think back to where you were before your birth.


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