Cancer patient's husband backs medical marijuana

"I'M dead against drugs, obviously. But seeing your wife in pain, nauseous all the time and not eating - that changes things."

Toowoomba man Heath Chant has watched his wife Jasmine, 28, battle colon cancer for the past year.

Special diets, natural therapy and chemotherapy: they have tried them all.

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But one treatment which is still illegal in Australia is giving Mr Chant some hope that Jasmine could enjoy some quality of life.

A special feature on Channel 7's Sunday Night opened his eyes to the possibilities that may exist within the shadowy world of medical marijuana - shadowy largely due to its illegality in Australia.

Heath and Jasmine Chant believe the Australian Government should consider legalising medicinal marijuana for terminally-ill patients.
Heath and Jasmine Chant believe the Australian Government should consider legalising medicinal marijuana for terminally-ill patients. Contributed

Despite his respect for the law, Mr Chant said at some point a drug stopped being a drug and became a medicine.

"I'm trying to give Jas a bit of normality in her life, to make her as pain-free as possible," he said.

"If people could walk in my shoes and see what she has to go through, that would open their eyes."

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International acceptance is growing for the use of marijuana as a medicinal tool for a growing list of conditions including HIV, cancer and epilepsy.

In the past week, the NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association supported moves for terminally-ill patients to be allowed to possess the drug.

The debate is just getting started and Mr Chant believes a resolution needs to come sooner rather than later.

"At the end of the day, all I want is for Jas to have a better quality of life."

  • Donations to help Jasmine Chant receive treatment in Germany can be made online at www.mycause.com.au/page/76322.
  • A special fundraiser for Jasmine will be held at Sandgate Town Hall in Seymour St from 7pm on Friday, June 27.
  • Raffle and auction items can be donated by calling Kimberley Flynn on 0432 846 526.
  • Zumba Fitness Fun Toowoomba will hold a fundraising class on Saturday from 3pm at Centenary Heights State School. For details call 0448 171 577.

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