News

Landry to support changes to allow medicinal cannabis crops

Cannabis Training University

CAPRICORNIA MP Michelle Landry will put her full support behind changing the law to pave the way for the legal cultivation of cannabis for medical products.

Emerging from a meeting in Parliament House in Canberra today, Ms Landry said she would back a Coalition bill to amend the Narcotics Drug Act to allow patients access to legally manufactured cannabis therapeutic products.

Capricornia MP Michelle Landry
Capricornia MP Michelle Landry

"This bill will be a big step forward for people suffering serious illness as it will allow professional farmers to cultivate cannabis that will be used to make products for medicinal use in Australia," Ms Landry said.

"Children with epilepsy, people with cancer and other major painful conditions would be able to access such products most likely by prescription."

Ms Landry said she had received feedback from a lot of people around Capricornia that access to legal cannabis-based products for medicinal use would change their lives.

But she warned cannabis would be farmed by responsible growers licenced to cultivate the crops under strict conditions.

"People should not think this is an open door for them to grow 'pot' in their backyard, claiming it to be for medicinal use. The quantity and strains of medicinal cannabis that could be cultivated will be strictly controlled and regulated under a permit and licencing system with professional farmers," Ms Landry said.

"Growers would have to be deemed responsible people and fit for acquiring such a permit."

The amendment would create a national law for the entire country, taking away confusion among various state jurisdictions.

Ms Landry said it was not the intention for patients to smoke cannabis, but to use cannabis-based products such as sprays, skin applications and oils.

"This is exciting for both patients who can benefit from legal cannabis medicines and for the agricultural industry which has a unique opportunity to tap into new crop and potentially lucrative market," Ms Landry said.

"The Federal Government intends that in the future Australia may be able to export such cannabis products overseas - adding value to a fledgling industry."

The amendments to the Narcotic Drugs Act are expected to come before parliament in the next few weeks.

Topics:  cannabis, medicinal cannabis, michelle landry



Iconic Aussie band gets set for Great Western show

ICEHOUSE: The band will play Saturday night at the GWH.

ICEHOUSE'S Rocky show is just days away.

Allsorts gives more acts a chance to shine

STAND UP: Allsorts Open Mic Night is on at The Workshop this Saturday night for all aspiring performing artists.

Allsorts Open Mic night changes things up.

WHAT'S ON

DJ ACT: Queensland's BONKA will perform at The Giddy Goat on Saturday night.

WANT to catch a live band this weekend? Here's your local gig guide.

Local Partners

Rio carnivale comes alive

THE Olympics may be over for the world, but the Rio Carnivale party is just getting started in Yeppoon.


Your chance to win

$1000 TOY VOUCHER
Learn More

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

Disney to remake 'The Lion King', and it's live-action

The Lion King is coming back to movie theatres

And this time it's going to be live-action.

The Dixie Chicks to headline 2017 CMC Rocks festival

US country music group The Dixie Chicks.

ORGANISERS move festival dates to lock in US country music stars.

Paint oils like Rembrandt

OIL WORKSHOPS: Award-winning artist and CQUniversity teacher Pat Connor will be running oil painting workshops in October.

Award-winning artist to run oil painting workshops

What's on the big screen this week

Denzel Washington in a scene from the movie The Magnificent Seven.

DENZEL Washington returns in a shoot-em-up Western.

Our funny bachelor bows out

The Bachelorette contestant Aaron Brady from Golden Beach. Supplied by Channel 10.

COAST marketing executive eliminated from The Bachelorette.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Projects hoped to revive Rockhampton real estate

There have been just over 800 house sales in Rockhampton this year

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

14% of renovators doing own electrical work?

Landscaping (46%), demolition (43%) and interior design (77%) are also often tackled head on by plucky homeowners.

And 12% said they did their own plumbing work