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Palliative Care backs medicinal cannabis

Medicinal cannabis, if found to be safe and effective, should be made available to Australians with specific symptoms, the peak palliative care body has argued.

Palliative Care Australia said its submission on the Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2014 supports the overall intent of the bill. “In the right circumstances, with the right evidence to support it, we believe medicinal cannabis could help people in pain where other medicines have not been successful,” PCA chief executive Liz Callaghan said.

She added: “It’s important we have this debate in Australia. The issue has been raised and dismissed many times. We support an open discussion on this issue.”

Listen below to hear more from Callaghan.

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