Annastacia Palaszczuk: “I defy anyone in this place to look these families in the eye and tell them we are not at least willing to investigate.”
Annastacia Palaszczuk: “I defy anyone in this place to look these families in the eye and tell them we are not at least willing to investigate.” Kevin Farmer

Palaszczuk: cannabis oil use should be investigated

PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk says she will not let Queensland stand "on the sidelines" when it comes to trialling medical marijuana.

She told parliament on Wednesday the debate must be had to determine whether the drug could help the thousands of Queenslanders who suffer from a range of debilitating diseases.

"I've recently spoken with the families of children who suffer from such conditions as epilepsy and who are convinced the most effective treatment is medical cannabis," she said.

"I defy anyone in this place to look these families in the eye and tell them we are not at least willing to investigate."

The Queensland Government has committed to partner with the New South Wales Government to establish a medical marijuana trial for children with severe, drug-resistant epilepsy.

Ms Palaszczuk said there had already been discussions with "our NSW colleagues" about the initial work they had already undertaken.

"I don't want Queensland be standing on the sidelines on this issue," she said.

But she said she must be clear the trial would involve cannabis oil, not crude cannabis in plant form.

"Public health and safety concerns require appropriate standards of manufacture, and research and clinical trials are needed to prove the efficacy and safety of any pharmaceutical product," she said.

Ms Palaszczuk said, even then, it would still need to be approved for use under Commonwealth regulatory frameworks.


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