Sick residents rejoice as legal marijuana approved
SOME of Toowoomba's sickest residents will be relieved when immediate legal marijuana is approved today.
Health Minister Greg Hunt will today announce companies will be permitted to apply to distribute cannabis oils and medications locally.
The news is expected to provide relief for many sick residents like teenager Lachlan Miles.
Lachlan has severe drug-resistant epilepsy, which he has battled for years, and dramatically changed the quick-witted teenager's life.
The family has campaigned to reform medical cannabis law in Queensland, which has been overwhelmingly supported in the past.
Sick Toowoomba residents with some of the worst ailments will no longer wait months for relief or be forced to turn to the black market to access medicinal cannabis.
News Corp Australia understands the government has been discussing the issue with companies ready to distribute immediately.
The federal parliament last year passed laws to legalise medicinal cannabis use in Australia for patients with painful and chronic illnesses.
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Those include cancer patients, HIV sufferers and people with severe epilepsy, motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis, among others.
The rules will vary from state to state as to approved conditions and ages.
Patients wanting access to the drug for relief currently require a letter from their GP or an approved prescriber.
Due to no available legal market in Australia, until now they were forced to import medicinal cannabis products from overseas or turn to the black market.