Toowoomba mum takes medical cannabis fight to Senate

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

TOOWOOMBA mother Rhonda Miles has urged the government to consider the medical cannabis issue a major public health concern.

Mrs Miles, whose teenage son Lachlan suffers from uncontrollable seizures, testified before a federal Senate inquiry into the Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2014, held in Brisbane on Wednesday.

She was heard by the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee alongside medical professionals and other parents of sick or dying children.

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"We believe that the law is unjust and we believe that the police understand it to be unjust in relation to genuine medical cases, and it needs to change," Mrs Miles told the inquiry.

On Tuesday, the committee heard from Tamworth mother Lucy Haslam, whose son Dan died in February five years after being diagnosed with cancer.

Mrs Haslam criticised the NSW State Government for moving too slowly to provide the drug to the sick.

"I have this overall sense of urgency for people that have been waiting such a long time for this," she told the inquiry.

A spokesman from Queensland Senator Barry O'Sullivan's office said Mr O'Sullivan was moved by the testimonies brought forward across the board.

"He feels it is an issue which should be above politics."

The inquiry was sponsored by Greens Senator Richard Di Natale, with support from major party MPs.


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