Australia: Qld police charge 66yr disability pensioner employing healthcare cannabis for possession of 1 gram


The Healthcare Cannabis Customers Association of Australia (MCUA) President Deb Lynch and members of the advocacy group are peturbed following police raids carried out on two on fellow members in Queensland yesterday.

Early in the day, 66 year old disability pensioner Maggie O’Rance, was raided by police brandishing a search warrant. Police discovered approx 1 gram of cannabis and a pipe and she was charged for the second time with cannabis offences.

The former nurse who suffers debilitating chronic discomfort, mobility challenges and depression escaped penalty and conviction when she was discovered guilty of cannabis charges in April this year following pleading not guilty on the grounds of healthcare necessity with compulsion.

Ms O’Rance who has been attempting to get off opioids attempted to get a prescription for cannabis for many months prior to her 1st arrest in 2018. Her GP refused to prescribe, leaving her with no decision but the black marketplace and property develop for provide.

Considering the fact that her final run in with authorities, she has attempted to get a prescription from her Discomfort Clinic but was informed, not for the 1st time,  a single month ago that Queensland Well being policy would not enable physicians to prescribe healthcare cannabis. Once more she was left with no decision but to break the law to get relief.

“MCUA members had been outraged by the news about the raid on Maggie’s property yesterday,” stated Ms Lynch and as if that wasn’t terrible sufficient, I received a text message final evening from Dr Deb Waldron, who is a nicely recognized and respected cannabis advocate and educator, saying she was in the middle of a police raid at her property.

“These sorts of police actions expense the tax payers thousands of dollars and for what advantage? They are not in the public interest and they need to have to cease creating criminals out of patients” said   Ms Lynch.

Cannabis was created legal for healthcare use in 2016 and thousands are now becoming prescribed costly imported solutions. Nearly half of these are unable to get the scripts filled simply because they cannot afford the solutions, which are not covered by the PBS.

Individuals have been complaining to their MPs for months that the method in spot is broken and is not operating for them and an estimated 100,000 are pushed to the black marketplace for solutions.

Earlier this month a Federal Senate Inquiry was announced. It will examine existing barriers to patient access. This has been welcomed by individuals, but in the meantime activists think there should really be a moratorium on arrests till the fiasco that the healthcare cannabis system has come to be, can be sorted.


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