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Medical Cannabis - #IStandWithJenny

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For those of you who couldn't make the peaceful rally in Adelaide today - here are my words in support of Jenny Hallam and support of safe & sound access to Medical Cannabis in our State.  

My voice was in harmony with Hon Tammy Franks MLC & Hon Kelly Vincent MLC - #Compassion #Respect

 

 

My words today are not for you, my words are directed at those who are yet to be convinced that Medical Cannabis should be a legitimate treatment option for health consumers.  

Mankind has been purposefully consuming Cannabis to cure what ails them, for almost as long as the plant has been in use for agriculture.   

In February 2016 the passage of the Federal Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill 2016, enabled a national licensing scheme for the controlled cultivation across Australia of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes.   

April 2016 saw the passage of the Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2015 through the Victorian parliament.   

Locally, in support of Industrial Hemp, in November of last year the Hon Tammy Franks MLC introduced a bill into the South Australian Parliament, which if passed would provide for the cultivation of Industrial Hemp in SA.   Thank you Tammy.

Victoria is the first state in Australia to legalise access to Medical Cannabis for those in exceptional circumstances, because families should not have to make the heart-breaking choice between watching their loved ones suffer and breaking the law.  

South Australia lags behind. 

Medical Cannabis law reform in this State could offer both local job opportunities and would ensure that South Australian’s are no longer forced to choose between suffering needlessly and breaking the law to access Medical Cannabis. 

South Australia lags behind. 

It makes sense and cents for our Government to take action on Medical Cannabis to allow for the production and supply from the farm to the pharmacy.   

South Australia lags behind. 

The health economics alone show that this is not just a boost for jobs, but it is a saving for the health budget too.   

Health economist, based at the University of Wollongong, Professor Simon Eckermann has noted that just on palliative care and chronic pain alone we could be seeing savings to our budget in the first years of at least $730 million a year; rising up to the billions soon thereafter. 

That is simply for chronic pain, yet there are so many conditions that medical cannabis could be employed for in this country. 

Professor Simon Eckermann has also spoken articulately about the role Cannabis has in successful aging and stated that current medical therapies don’t generally support palliative patient preferences but Medical Cannabis does.   

He believes, as do I, that Cannabis has an important role to play in aging.   

He went on to say that a huge palliative care and chronic disease population is almost upon us and that Baby boomers will be fundamental in the acceptance of Medical Cannabis therapies. 

Our health system needs a readily accessible market from which to obtain product of the highest quality.   

We can deliver that and Medical Cannabis can deliver untold benefits. 

South Australia is already known colloquially as the Cannabis capital of the Country – Let’s put South Australia on the map legally with a robust legal and regulatory system and truly lead.   

Truly lead our Nation as the innovators, the reformers and the visionaries.   

South Australia is lagging behind but it would not take much to pick up our pace and lead. 

This opportunity to capitalise upon the Cannabis & Hemp industries is not just a perfect opportunity in terms of the economy but it has a sound moral and ethical basis. 

Let’s shed our mediocrity and acceptance of the status quo and dig deep. 

Find the courage, the hunger and the will to be the State that delivers a sustainable and healthy triple bottom line.   

#EDUCATE #LEGISLATE #REGULATE #INNOVATE

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A proud South Australian, Dianah is family and community focused. She has a strong work ethic and commits fully to any role she undertakes – whether it is in a paid or voluntary capacity.
Dianah is an excellent communicator, an empathetic listener and is known for her ability to grasp a sense of the ‘bigger picture’ in her work, family and community life.

With 30 years of grassroots public and community service under her belt Dianah is ready to take her passion for her community as far as she can. Following an unsuccessful Senate bid in 2013 Dianah is now focussing on the future and continued advocacy for her regional community.
Dianah spent four-and-a-half years (2009 - 2013) as Assistant to Independent Member for Frome Geoff Brock MP. This has inspired and motivated her to continue in public service in a voluntary capacity. Among other employment, Dianah has worked for Centrelink, Social Security and Regional Development Australia Yorke & Mid North and is passionate about volunteering. Her children are third generation CFS Cadets. Dianah is currently self employed.

Embracing change, Dianah is an ardent advocate for regional communities, a proud Republican and a staunch supporter of legalising Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp. Dianah is also a keen supporter of the State's seafood industry and all facets of primary production.
Dianah's mantra is "Without our environment we have no economy." Dianah believes securing our food and water into the future is not something we should hope for but rather something we should strive for.
Dianah shares a global view.

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