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Medicinal cannabis review delights Hemp Embassy

NIMBIN's Hemp Embassy has reacted with delight to the announcement of a parliamentary inquiry on the use of medicinal cannabis in NSW.

A cross-party committee will look at whether marijuana can be used as an effective and safe form of pain relief for sufferers of chronic illnesses.

Labor's leader in the NSW Upper House Luke Foley moved the motion to set up the inquiry.

Mr Foley said it will also examine what legal implications surround the medical use of cannabis and how it might be supplied.

The NSW Opposition says an Upper House inquiry into the medical use of marijuana will help the debate to be dominated by evidence, instead of dogma.

The Hemp Embassy's vice-president, Max Stone, said the organisation is "delighted because we have been pushing really hard for this issue. The only reason they are talking about this in Parliament is because of all our years of activism."

"We are delighted that the NSW Parliament is looking at the writing on the wall," he said.

Michael Balderstone, president of the Hemp Embassy, is currently travelling to Melbourne to participate in a national strategy meeting for the next federal election for the Australian Hemp and Marijuana Prohibition Party.

"The party will be electing candidates and local booth officers across the country", Mr Stone explained.

The NSW Parliament also announce today that a second Parliamentary Committee will scrutinise the effectiveness of current drug and alcohol policies with regard to deterrence, treatment and rehabilitation of those affected by drug and alcohol addiction.

Committee Chair, Marie Ficarra MLC said "the Committee will also consider the impact substance dependence has on the families of individuals with addictions, their carers and the community."

The Committee will also explore the proposed reforms identified in the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Amendment Bill 2012, introduced to the Legislative Council by Reverend Fred Nile.

Topics:  cannabis, medical cannabis, nsw parliament


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