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Family urges SA Government to legalise medicinal cannabis


Photo: Georgia-Grace (left) and Tabetha Fulton have a progressive chronic lung disease. A South Australian family says the Government's inaction on medicinal marijuana has forced them to choose between their home and their health. Sisters Tabetha and Georgia-Grace Fulton both suffer from a progressive chronic lung disease that causes massive inflammation around their lungs. Treatment has included steroids since birth, which their mother Bobby Fulton said had devastating effects. "The anti-inflammatories that Tabetha's been on since birth have done horrendous things to her growth and development, as a parent it's really, really hard to watch," she said. When 13-year-old Tabetha's toxicity levels grew dangerously high, the Fultons searched for more natural remedies. "We had to get her off steroids, they were killing her faster than the lung disease itself," Ms Fulton said. Eventually they tried medicinal cannabis oil, and the improvement was immediate. "I can play sport, I can surf, I can go back to school which is amazing as school is one of my absolutely favourite things, just being out of the house is amazing," Tabetha said. Medicinal cannabis is not legal in South Australia, so the Fultons travelled to Canada in the middle of last year and stayed there for 10 months. Legalising medicinal cannabis would be 'life-cha