This is a recent article from the Byron Echo reflecting the frustrations of Australian citizens;

The good oil
Colin Thornton, Federal

Now that medicinal cannabis is finally legal you would think that it would be freely available. But doctors who have tried to access it on behalf of needy patients have found themselves forced through so many legal hoops and obstacles that it becomes almost impossible. And then, if it is actually obtained, the (imported) product is prohibitively expensive.

Why should this be?

Put simply, it is to protect the thriving opium poppy industry in Tasmania, which produces about half of the world’s legal opium. Our lords and masters are afraid that (harmless) cannabis will displace (potentially lethal) opiates in many pain relief medicines and thus threaten this worldwide multi-million-dollar death-dealing industry.

In fact Dr John Skerritt, the head of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), was quoted in 2018 as saying quite clearly, ‘I am not going to destroy the poppy industry in Tasmania for medicinal cannabis.’ (SMH Good Weekend August 24).

The number of Australians dying from accidental drug overdoses has climbed by almost 40 per cent in the last decade, and now exceeds the national road toll by several hundred people each year. Of this number, 53 per cent were because of opioids. (ABC News August 27)

The Australian TGA was once recognised as the world leader for integrity in the medical field. Sadly this is no longer so.



When will cannabis be affordable and available to those who know it works?
It's like that movie Ground Hog Day. Every day the same thing, Doctors says there's too little clinical research to prescribe medical cannabis, but who is investing in research?
The pharmaceutical companies already have a plethora of weirdly named products that they make huge profits on already, why create competition?
Streams of anecdotal evidence available, but where is the research?
Cannabis is obviously not a placebo, it's been around for too long. It seems to be more like a panacea, or an immune booster.
It may not be the answer to the world's present woes, but it certainly won't hurt, it may even help.

It's time the government and it's bodies start considering human rights over profiting the few.
How about funding the CSIRO to do clinical trials for various forms of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.
Lets get to the truth, might be a good thing?

Roberto Darley