'Parents crucified': Mum's plea for medicinal cannabis

THUMBS UP: Tammy and Bailee Baxter support the legalisation of medicinal cannabis oil. TAMMY Baxter considers her family as one of the "lucky ones". The Gladstone mum, who strongly supports the legalisation of cannabis oil for medication, has spent 17 years learning how to bring up a unique child with a disability. When Mrs Baxter heard news the State Parliament passed the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2016, she thought it was about time. Her son Bailee Baxter has intellectual disabilities and autism. Through a structured, confined lifestyle she has managed to control her son's symptoms naturally, without the use of medication. She made a personal decision to not use medi

Australia's move to legalise medicinal cannabis

In November 2016, Australia will legalise medicinal cannabis. NEXT month Australia will join 25 America states in legalising medicinal cannabis. Under the new federal scheme, patients with a valid prescription will be able to possess and use medicinal cannabis products manufactured from cannabis legally cultivated in Australia, provided the supply has been authorised under the Therapeutic Goods Act and relevant state and territory legislation. The changes put medical cannabis cultivation and use in the same category as restricted medicinal drugs such as morphine. Recreation cannabis cultivation and use will remain illegal with state-based criminal laws still in place Victoria led t

Medicinal cannabis licencing system to weed out bad operators

Medicinal cannabis will soon be grown by Far Northerners under new permits. FAR Northerners interested in growing medicinal cannabis will soon be able to apply under a national licencing system that aims to weed out dodgy operators. The Federal Department of Health has warned applicants will have to prove they are “fit and proper” to cultivate the crop and that it won’t fall into the wrong hands. “The fit and proper requirements include consideration of convictions of the applicant and business associates, their business history, their financial status and whether they are of good repute,” said a department spokeswoman. “The security requirements will be designed to ensure no unautho

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