Senator Sean Edwards – Liberal Party of
Senator Edwards rejects the proposition outlined in recommendation 1 and
notes the evidence presented by the Department of Health, the National Rural
Health Alliance and the Victorian Drug & Alcohol Association that cannabis
use brings significant medical and social harm to users and the broader
community. These findings provide compelling reasons as to why the
decriminalisation of cannabis should not be pursued and why actively doing so
would be a waste of state and Commonwealth time and resources.
Alongside these findings, the committee heard examples of where the
cultivation and regulation of cannabis would be beneficial. In these instances
the government has already acted appropriately.
In February 2016 the Turnbull Government introduced and passed
legislation to enable the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal and scientific
use through a licensing scheme to be established under the Narcotic Drugs
This legislation will open the way for Australian doctors and patients
to access medicinal cannabis products safely, legally and reliably to manage
some conditions and will satisfy the committee’s reported findings.
Senator Sean Edwards
Liberal Party of Australia
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