Article by Jo Skinner, ABC News
Medicinal cannabis advocates are pleading for compassion and urging Australian authorities to legalise the drug to help ease the pain and suffering of those who desperately need it.
It follows the South Australian police raid on Adelaide supplier Jenny Hallam’s property last week that sparked an outcry from families who rely on her for the supply of cannabis oil.
In Queensland, doctors will be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis for patients in March after laws were passed by State Parliament last October.
But advocates believe the three-month wait could cost people their lives.
Queensland advocate Rebecca Bridson said she was willing to be arrested and would continue to flout the law by helping to source the illegal drug for the sick and terminally ill.
“They can arrest me and they can charge me,” she said.
“That’s part and parcel of the risk we take, but what harm am I doing. Where’s my victim?”