Steve Dickson MP, State Member for Buderim
Member for Buderim



 Mr DICKSON (Buderim—LNP):

Mr Speaker, I again would like to turn the attention of the House to the issue of medicinal whole plant cannabis oil.

As I detailed in my letter to every Member in this House two weeks ago, medically-prescribed doses of whole plant cannabis oil can help ease the condition of the terminally ill suffering pain, nausea and vomiting.

Whole plant medicinal cannabis oil can also help children with drug-resistant epilepsy and help patients fighting cancer who have to deal with nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy.

It is important to note that whole plant medicinal cannabis oil differs from “recreation” strains of the drug, which would remain illegal.

I want Queenslanders to have access to safe, reliable and legally available whole plant medicinal cannabis oil prescribed by a doctor and available through a pharmacy.

As I stated, it is simply not good enough that in 2015 people have to turn to black market options to find relief from a range of debilitating and life threatening conditions, while the Queensland Government cannot give a clear answer as to whether or not these people are likely to face prosecution.

Today we learned that the Turnbull government will introduce a national scheme to legalise medicinal cannabis by licensing growers next year, which could pave the way for a local industry.

With the Australian Government and several State Governments reviewing options for the legalisation of medicinal use of cannabis and with several clinical trials underway, we need to do something in the interim to ensure that patients and their family have access to this medicine without fear of prosecution in Queensland.

Over 12,000 people have signed the petition I sponsored requesting an amnesty for the medicinal use of cannabis.

Mr Speaker, this is an issue that needs support from all political parties, that needs support from all members in this House.

I urge the Queensland Government to work together with colleagues interstate and at a national level to get the best outcome for those Queenslanders who so desperately need our help.

Help for those Queenslanders who currently live in fear of a knock on the door, because they are trying to do the right thing for their patients or for their loved ones.

Help for kids like Jai Whitelaw, and his courageous mum

Michelle, as Jai went from 500 seizures a day to four seizures in 11 months by using whole plant medicinal cannabis oil.

Let’s make it possible for kids like Jai to return to school and have fulfilling lives, because we took action to make it possible for him to have access to medication that is safe and legally available in Queensland.

We owe it to Jai, and kids like Jai and their families - and we owe to the doctors and nurses that work so closely with these kids.

Mr Speaker, I intend to keep fighting for Jai Whitelaw and all other Queenslanders to ensure they have safe and legal access to whole plant medicinal cannabis oil in Queensland.

We need decisive action from the Queensland Government on this issue, we need real leadership on this issue leadership like that of Mike Baird in New South Wales – who is intent on making a difference for kids like Jai Whitelaw.

The time is now.

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# Rhonda Miles
Friday, December 04, 2015 3:34 PM
Dear Steve, Thank you for standing up for families like ours. we are well known to John McVeigh and Trevor Watts LNP members for Toowoomba. Our severely epileptic son Lachlan is a child who could potentially benefit from medical cannabis oil. We have tried to raise awareness in our community and it is wonderful to see an LNP member stand on the floor of Parliament and vow to fight for families such as ours and the many others who need assistance now. Thanks from the Miles family in Toowomba
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Thank you. I suffer 24/7 pain and disability of rheumatoid. Family & friends in Canada and USA have had relief from this disease since they have legalised medical marijuana oil. I need it here. The opiate meds they have me on are killing me and not providing much relief. Methotrexate ate my left lung and grew a tumour on my back had to stop it. Biologic drugs would kill me. So I suffer. Have been wondering lately how many opiate tablets to swallow to send me to God. How can this situation be here ? the money Australia would get in taxes beggars belief ...possibly $50+ Billion in first 18 months. Canada has bought our first crop off Norfolk isl. Think of the market in China for our Medical Cannabis ! Grown & made here by Aussie companies who pay tax. A win win scenario for sure.
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