“I was relieved to learn that yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph report, suggesting that NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner has softened her policy on medicinal cannabis, was wrong,” FamilyVoice national research officer Ros Phillips said today.
“I phoned the minister’s office this morning. A spokeswoman told me that the minister has not changed her policy. She supports the extraction of non-hallucinogenic components of cannabis for medical use – but not home-grown whole plants.”
Ros Phillips said that US states where medical cannabis has been legalised are experiencing increased problems with non-medical use, particularly by teens whose developing brains are most vulnerable to cannabis harm.
“We don’t legalise opium poppies for medical use, even though the morphine obtained from these poppies provides much-needed pain relief for dying patients,” she said.
“When opium and heroin were freely available in Japanese-occupied Manchuria 70 years ago, ten million out of 30 million Manchurians became addicted – the problem was horrendous.*
“Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them,” Ros Phillips said.
* Athol Moffit et al, “Drug Precipice”, UNSW Press, 1998, p 71.
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