ANDERSON CONGRATULATES THE HASLAM FAMILY AND PEOPLE POWER
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has welcomed a ground-breaking decision by the NSW Government to provide relief for terminally ill people who use cannabis to help alleviate their symptoms.
The NSW Government announced earlier today that NSW Police guidelines will be implemented to formalise the current arrangement which allows Police to exercise their discretion not to charge terminally ill adults who use cannabis to alleviate their symptoms, or charge their carers.
Mr Anderson said today’s announcement has come about because of the push from the Haslam family in Tamworth.
“Twenty-four year old cancer patient from Tamworth, Daniel Haslam started using cannabis after everything else had failed,” Mr Anderson said.
“Dan’s mother Lucy and father Lou, along with Dan’s wife Alyce, started the fight to allow Dan and terminally ill people to use cannabis for symptom relief without fear of being charged by Police.
“Today’s announcement will be welcomed by people across New South Wales who are suffering from a terminal illness and have exhausted all options.
“Those patients who choose to use medical cannabis, and their carers, will now have the relief they deserve once existing NSW Police discretion not to charge terminally ill adults who use cannabis to alleviate their symptoms is formalised.
“A Working Group has also been formed to establish a clinical trial for medical cannabis, and is due to report back to the Premier by the end of the year,” Mr Anderson said.
Lucy Haslam thanked Kevin Anderson for fighting for this issue and placing it on the agenda.
“Thank you also to Premier Mike Baird for being prepared to listen and for being a man of his word,” Mrs Haslam said.
“I would especially like to thank the people of Tamworth who supported Dan and my family from the outset and for the 200,000 odd people who were prepared to put their name to our petition on change.org.”
Mr Anderson said “One voice can make a difference and in this case, the Haslams started a campaign that made us all sit up and take notice, a real campaign that brought home what people have been doing for years, terminally ill people who were desperately seeking relief from the debilitating effects of cancer and other serious illnesses, trying to find pain relief and improve their quality of life.
“We need to show care, compassion and help these people when they need it most and that’s what we are doing today and I sincerely thank the Premier Mike Baird for his support and understanding.
“I congratulate and thank the Haslam family for their courage and the people of Tamworth who have rallied behind this push. This is indeed ‘people power’ at work and I am privileged to be able to lead the charge for them,” Mr Anderson concluded.