Medical marijuana: contact your ministers

SN ART: Medical marijuana: contact our ministers

Peter Dutton
Federal Minister for Health
Phone: (07) 3205 9977 Fax: (07) 3205 5111

Response: "Definitely no. The mental health impacts of cannabis use are well documented."

Dr Kim Hames
WA Health Minister
Phone:(08)6552 5300

Response: No

Lawrence Springborg
QLD Health Minister
Phone: 07 3035 6100

Response: No

Michael Ferguson
TAS Health Minister
Phone:(03) 6336 2427

Response: No

Katy Gallagher
ACT Health Minister
Phone:(02) 6205 0840

Response: "We have no provision for medical use specifically.
Cannabis is listed as a prohibited substance under the Commonwealth’s Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons"

Note: Cannabis possession was decriminalised in the ACT. A police officer can currently issue an offence notice to a person instead of prosecution, if the officer reasonably believes the person is in possession of less than 50 grams of cannabis. The penalty is 1 penalty unit ($140).

Robyn Lambley
NT Health Minister
Phone:08 8928 6534

Response: No

David Davis
VIC Health Minister
Phone:03 9096 8561

Response: "In short, the answer is no.The use of cannabis for medicinal or recreational purposes is illegal in Victoria and other states because evidence shows it causes harm to both cannabis users and the broader community. The Victorian Government has no plans to change its policy in this area."

Jillian Skinner
NSW Health Minister
Phone:(02) 9228 5229

Response: "While in Tamworth in April, I met with Daniel Haslam and his family.
"I listened to Daniel’s story and gave him my sympathy and support. I explained the NSW Government’s stance on decriminalisation of crude cannabis, as well as NSW Health concerns about cannabis usage and the health side effects.
"In line with the views of the majority of pain and palliative care specialists, the NSW Government does not support the use of unregulated crude cannabis products for medicinal purposes as the quality and safety of these products cannot be guaranteed.
"There are safe and effective medications currently available for most of the symptoms and conditions that medicinal cannabis is said to be effective in treating.”

Jack Snelling
SA Health Minister
Phone: 08 8463 6270

Response: No