Dawson MP supports the cultivation of medicinal marijuana

A MOVE by the Liberal National Coalition Government to allow for the cultivation of medicinal marijuana has been hailed as a compassionate and sensible one by Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen.

Mr Christensen said it was a cause he had personally been championing for some time, and he welcomed the potential for job creation in the region.

"There is plenty of evidence to support the use of medicinal marijuana. It's a natural product which can provide very effective relief for those suffering from a range of debilitating illnesses," Mr Christensen said.

"Our region also has a lot to gain through the introduction of a new crop that could boost our economy.

"We have good fertile soil and plenty of water so another crop option would help farmers diversify and develop a stronger business base."

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Mr Christensen said it was important to distinguish between medicinal marijuana and recreational marijuana.

"This is not about legalising "pot" or "weed" because the active ingredient in recreational marijuana (THC) exists only at very low levels in medicinal cannabis," Mr Christensen said.

"As Health Minister Sussan Ley has outlined, the cultivation of medicinal marijuana would be strictly controlled."

Mr Christensen said the Government was finalising draft amendments to the Narcotics Drugs Act 1967 to allow for the production of a safe, legal and sustainable Australian supply of medicinal marijuana.

He said any new medicinal cannabis products would be regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration in the same way other medical drugs and devices were.