Rhonda Miles and her son Lachlan.
Rhonda Miles and her son Lachlan. Rachael Murray

Family demands action to advance cannabis reforms

POLITICS, not a lack of evidence, is slowing down medical cannabis reform in Queensland, according to Rhonda Miles.

Mrs Miles and the Medical Cannabis Advisory Group Queensland are hoping to gain support for a proposal which would provide an amnesty for patients as medical cannabis trials move forward.

This would mean patients like Mrs Miles' son Lachlan, who suffers from uncontrolled seizures, would have a chance at legally gaining access to the drug in the interim.

The group has submitted their formal Proposition 270A to the Queensland Premier and every MP in Queensland and plan on launching another petition to the Queensland Parliament.

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Proposition 270A proposes a blueprint to protect patients through the establishment of a photo ID register of genuine patients.

"It provides for a decision between doctors and patients based on individual circumstances," Mrs Miles said.

"Research should not be a precursor to law reform. If we are refusing to progress law reform in Queensland by using the argument more research is required before we act to protect patients in essence what we are suggesting is that jurisdictions such as Canada, 23 US states, Israel, Italy and Belgium have acted recklessly in the absence of supportive research.

"Research is always beneficial, but it should not be used as an excuse for inaction."

"In our case and in many other medical cases, our loved ones do not have 5-10 years to wait for the outcome of trials that may or may not result in a single pharmaceutical company perhaps producing a product that may or may not be commercially profitable."

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Mrs Miles has approached Toowoomba MPs John McVeigh and Trevor Watts and is meeting with Mr McVeigh today to discuss the issue.

She said she was hoping for bipartisan support - "just as the issue enjoys in NSW."

Members of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Group (from left) Hazel Lloyd, Lanai Carter, Rhonda Miles and Grace Sands on the day they lodged their Amnesty Proposal to amend Regulation 270A with the Health Ministers office.
Members of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Group (from left) Hazel Lloyd, Lanai Carter, Rhonda Miles and Grace Sands on the day they lodged their Amnesty Proposal to amend Regulation 270A with the Health Ministers office. Contributed

Member for Toowoomba South John McVeigh said he was in the process of studying the 50-page amnesty proposal developed by the Medical Cannabis Advisory Group in Queensland.

"My wife and I have known Rhonda Miles and her family for some years - our children attend school together. Like many others in our community our hearts go out to Lachlan and the Miles family given the challenges they have had to deal with," he said.

"In the meantime I can confirm the LNP continues to support medical cannabis trials as was agreed by all Ministers, including our then Health Minister Lawrence Springborg, just last year."

Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts said he was looking forward to receiving more detail on the Queensland trials.


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