Minister for Health Lawrence Springborg during a visit to Rockhampton Hospital. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Minister for Health Lawrence Springborg during a visit to Rockhampton Hospital. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

WATERCOOLER: Former Health Minister says cannabis 'dangerous'

THE decision of a compassionate magistrate to not convict an elderly man growing marijuana for his dying wife has added more flame to the medicinal marijuana debate.

Magistrate Bevan Manthey recently recorded no conviction against a 73-year-old Stanthorpe man, who was growing the illegal drug for his cancer-stricken wife.

The case drew strong views from locals, including Southern Downs MP Lawrence Springborg, who commented after reading the Daily News story yesterday.

MORE: Man escapes conviction for marijuana to help dying wife

While the former Queensland health minister said he was sympathetic to the man, he reiterated that marijuana was an illegal drug.

"Cannabis use is illegal - there's a good reason for that," he said.

"Cannabis is generally extremely harmful to people's health.

"Maybe if you're terminally ill smoking of cannabis won't have an impact, but it's dangerous."

The question is: Is it time for the medical use of marijuana to be legalised?

This poll ended on 20 August 2015.

Current Results

YES

92%

NO

7%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Mr Springborg has been a vocal supporter of medicinal marijuana in the past and is confident trials would be underway by the end of the year in Queensland.

Daily News readers also had strong views on the issue, with many calling for medicinal marijuana to be legalised straight away.

Despite continued calls for the immediate legalisation of medicinal marijuana, Mr Springborg said it wasn't an issue that could be rushed.

"For any medicinal use of cannabis it (the trials) has to be properly tried and tested," he said.

"It's a bit unchartered - it may take a year or two for the results of trials.

"I would encourage people who are in pain or terminally ill that there are a whole range of other legal products they can use in the meantime."

 


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