A DEVONPORT alderman has joined the growing ranks of people calling for the state Liberal government to allow a trial of medicinal cannabis.
Alderman Justine Keay wants the state government to allow a trial of medicinal cannabis. Picture: Katrina Docking.
Alderman Justine Keay, an unsuccessful Labor candidate at the last state election, will move a motion tonight at a Devonport City Council meeting, calling for the council to urge the government to allow a trial of the production, processing and administration of medicinal cannabis for Tasmanians.
Alderman Keay said she had been assisting cancer sufferer Natalie Daley with petitioning the government to allow a trial.
“I wrote the petition which was tabled in State Parliament this week by Labor Leader Bryan Green and contained over 5000 signatures,” Alderman Keay said.
“I have spent time with Natalie and understand how beneficial medicinal cannabis has been for her. She has told me of heartbreaking stories of others that have contacted her in their plight to find something to help their pain and suffering, which traditional medication has not achieved.
“I believe the Devonport community understands and supports the use of legal and regulated medicinal cannabis to alleviate such suffering.”
Alderman Keay said the Devonport City Council, along with other councils that have resolved their support for this issue, needed to stand up for the health and well-being of the community.
“As civic leaders, we need to tell the state government this issue is important to our residents and they must listen and act.
“If that means working with the trial proponents in order to find a way to make this work, then that is what needs to happen.
“There is no reason why Devonport could not be a processing centre for the manufacturing of medicinal cannabis oil.
“Tasmania has an opportunity to legally grow and process medicinal cannabis for Australian and overseas markets. “
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