Sufferers of chronic pain call on parliament to approve medicinal cannabis

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Sufferers of chronic pain call on parliament to approve medicinal cannabis

Lesley Brydon, who suffered from severe arthritic pain and is CEO of the advocacy group Pain Australia, told the inquiry, that her organization was in favor of approved medicinal cannabis products

Sufferers of chronic pain call on parliament to approve medicinal cannabis

Advocates have told a New South Wales (NSW, Australia) parliamentary committee, that cannabis should be approved for medicinal purposes.

"It appears self-evident, that cannabis relieves pain for many sufferers", told Sally Crossing, a cancer survivor, a public hearing at parliament house.

Ms Crossing, who is also the deputy chair of the volunteer advocacy group Cancer Voices NSW declaimed, "It's just a matter of being helpful and kind to the people who are in need for help".

The committee is inquiring into the safety of using marijuana as a medicinal remedy, how it could be distributed and supplied to patients and the legal implications.

"With the proper legal and medical protocols and assurance of safe delivery to the patients", Ms Crossing continued, "her group would favor the use of cannabis for medicinal use."

"Much stronger, formerly illegal, drugs have been approved for medicinal use without problems", she said, and added that "way too many people think it's the thin end of the wedge or the beginning of the slippery slope."

Ms Crossing stated that "in some states in the United States, cannabis has proven to do a good job without any side-effects, where other painkillers could cause severe side-effects."

Lesley Brydon, who suffered from severe arthritic pain and is CEO of the advocacy group Pain Australia, told the inquiry, that her organization was in favor of approved medicinal cannabis products being legally available.

"Personally, I would not want to smoke a joint," Ms Brydon said, and that "pills provide more measurable doses."

Ms Brydon said, that "the majority of people who suffers from chronic and severe pain in Australia has no access to adequate pain management and many die in agony."