Brisbane, Australia | One brave Australian woman has announced to Queensland police that she will be breaking the law to provide her child with medical cannabis. Her defiant actions have reduced her son’s seizures from over 40 a day to just 5 a day. Her son, now 10, suffers from a severe form of epilepsy which has resulted in broken bones, loss of speech, motor skills, memory, and even bodily functions. This Queensland mother is taking a stand against the illegal use of marijuana and fully acknowledges her actions are against the law.
Recognizing the potential health benefits of medical marijuana, the Police Minister of Queensland, Jo-ann Miller, has recently become a supporter for medicinal marijuana. However, support for medical marijuana has only been extended to three trial cases as the police minister waits for the outcomes of those cases. Pending the results of these trial cases, the wait for treatment for others with severe illness could be as long as 12 months.
Beau Kilmer, senior policy researcher at RAND Drug Policy Research Center, says the government could really benefit from legalizing medical marijuana. Citing the United States’ $40 billion in revenues from marijuana sales, Kilmer states, “by legalizing the drug, revenues collected could got to some of the government tax agencies.
Sharman Stone, a political supporter for medical marijuana says the trials are just stalling the process as there have been successful trials in the United States, Canada, and Israel. She believes legalizing marijuana would open up a new industry for farmers just like medical opiates had on the poppy industry.
As the Australian government goes on to research the effects of medical marijuana, the Queensland mother is asking for amnesty and will continue to treat her son with cannabis oil for an improved life.