The Jacqui Lambie Network believes that the best people to make medical decisions are the patient and their doctor. Not politicians, and not bureaucrats.
Around the world, millions of people and their medical carers have successfully mitigated the ill-effects of a vast range of ailments with the responsible use of medical cannabis (MC). The Jacqui Lambie Network believes that it is abhorrent that Tasmanian patients are being denied a valid treatment that is used safely and successfully elsewhere.
Australian governments have been derelict in their duty to provide a cheap, effective framework for the use of MC. They have deliberately stalled and obstructed progress in order to prevent patients from finding relief from this treatment. The Jacqui Lambie Network will ensure that these roadblocks are removed and that patients can access MC in a manner that is safe, affordable and effective.
Our health system places at its centre the General Practitioner. GPs are the first port of call for patients seeking diagnosis and treatment, they are tasked with co-ordinating the efforts of various specialists and support personnel, and they are asked to monitor progress and adjust treatment as necessary.
General Practitioners are the backbone of our medical system. Why, then, are governments refusing to entrust these same highly trained, dedicated professionals with the ability to administer MC treatments in cases which they believe it is most appropriate?
It is frankly insulting that governments would consider that a family GP, while sufficiently competent to treat a patient with opiates, amphetamines and sedatives, should be somehow incapable of administering a treatment that includes MC when they deem appropriate. The Jacqui Lambie Network believes that entrusting GPs to administer MC and monitor its use is the common sense solution.
If elected, the Jacqui Lambie Network will:
- Remove the bureaucratic red tape that has ensured that patients in need have been denied the use of this treatment.
- Allow doctors – and not politicians – to decide which diseases, conditions and symptoms are best treated with the use of MC. Medical decisions should be made my medical professionals.
- Empower General Practitioners to issue a permit that allows a patient (or the patient’s carer or guardian) to produce, obtain and possess a quantity of MC sufficient to ensure treatment.
- Ensure that all MC patients return to their GP at least once every thirteen weeks to renew their permit. As with any treatment, MC treatment should be closely monitored.
- Consult with the patients, doctors, producers and the broader community in order to develop a MC supply industry that operates in parallel with self-supply patients. Allowing self-supply ensures that MC treatment remains cost-effective, while industry supports patients without the capacity for self-supply.
- Entrust patients (or their carer or guardian) to secure their own MC supply. As with other restricted medications, strict penalties should apply to those allowing their MC to reach the hands of others.