A New South Wales parliamentary committee has unanimously recommended the legalization of medical marijuana for those with terminal illnesses such as cancer and AIDS, according to The Australian. If the measure is approved by the state’s government, qualified patients would be authorized to possess and use up to 15 grams of marijuana.
The committee vote, which included members from five different political parties (the Liberal, National, Labor, Greens and Shooter parties), had not a single detracting, despite representatives of the Department of Health, the attorney general and police officers speaking in opposition to the provision.
Luke Foley, a Labor Party member who initiated the vote, stated, “Today’s report is extremely significant – unanimous support from members representing five different political parties for legal reform to allow the medical use of cannabis by patients with terminal illness and AIDS.” He continues, “As members of parliament we need to be guided by facts and evidence rather than slogans and hysteria. We should be guided by the experts – by clinicians on the medical issues and lawyers on the legal issues.”