Landry backs move to legalise growing medical cannabis
CAPRICORNIA MP Michelle Landry has heard too many stories of people with serious medical conditions being forced to use cannabis illegally to relieve pain or reduce symptoms.
She's backed a move by the Federal Government to legalise the growing of medicinal cannabis, announced on Saturday.
Planned changes to the Narcotic Drugs Act and a new Federal Health Department regulator will allow legal, controlled crops to be grown.
Those using medicinal cannabis will need a prescription from a doctor before buying the drug.
"I think it's a great idea. I've been a huge supporter of this for a long time," Ms Landry said.
"I think if this can be legislated through the government, it will be a win for a lot of people.
"There will be strict regulations on this and we will closely monitor medicinal cannabis from the farm to the pharmacy."
Ms Landry said previously Australian patients and researchers had to access international supplies.
She expected the legislative change to easily pass through the House of Representatives and the Senate with bipartisan support.