COAST CANNABIS: MP says it's 'insane' not to consider options
MEMBER for Buderim Steve Dickson has challenged candidates in the upcoming Federal election to declare if they support the issue of a licence to grow medicinal cannabis on the Sunshine Coast.
Mr Dickson was one of more than 80 people who attended a medicinal cannabis round table discussion at Nambour today.
He and councillor Greg Rogerson have declared their support for the production of medical cannabis on the Sunshine Coast.
The meeting, hosted by Queensland Health and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, heard there would be eight licences issued in Australia to grow medicinal cannabis.
Those attending the meeting were updated on timelines and legislative changes.
But Mr Dickson, a strong supporter of the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, was keen to see it legalised and available for use as soon as possible.
He said it was unnecessary for the government to be waiting for trial results when medicinal cannabis had already been trialled and was in use in many other countries in the world.
Mr Dickson said of the nearly 700 people who had responded to a survey about medicinal cannabis, more than 85% of people wanted to use it for chronic pain and nearly as many wanted to use it for cancer.
"I think it's just insane that we are not looking at anything to help people who are suffering from cancer," he said.
Mr Dickson said medicinal, food and industrial cannabis also represented a valuable economic opportunity for the Sunshine Coast, with export potential.
Mr Rogerson said he would like to see a further meeting scheduled with the region's canefarmers to discuss the potential for cannabis production on the Coast.