Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson met with the NSW Premier the Hon Mike Baird yesterday over the issue of the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.


Mr Anderson told the Premier of his intention to introduce a Private Members Bill seeking the approval for the use of cannabis by terminally ill patients.


Mr Anderson said “the Premier was sympathetic and listened intently while I explained the issue to him and the circumstances surrounding my decision to try and change the laws.


“I told him about the Haslam family from Tamworth and the heartbreaking circumstances facing 24 year old Dan Haslam who has terminal cancer and his use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.


“However the Premier joined with me in expressing grave concerns about the supply and the prescription of cannabis and the challenge in addressing those issues. It would need to be through a tightly controlled and regulated process.


 “While the NSW Parliamentary Upper House Inquiry supported the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, it did not address the supply.


“The work now begins on doing the research to solve those issues. It will be critical to get this bill right, and I will be working closely with the Chair of the NSW Upper House inquiry the Hon Sarah Mitchell and the Hon Trevor Khan to find those solutions.


“I strongly oppose the use of recreational drugs at every level and will continue to do so but through the Haslam family and my own research, I have a greater understanding of how cannabis can be used to alleviate the severe and distressing symptoms suffered by those who are dying and the need to provide comfort and relief when they need it most.


“I thank the Haslam family and the community for raising this issue with me and their determined push to help 24 year old son Daniel,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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