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Default Cannabis helps the dying, inquiry told Sky News March 19, 2013

Cannabis helps the dying, inquiry told
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March 19, 2013



A New South Wales parliamentary committee has been told people at the end of their lives should have access to cannabis to manage pain and improve quality of life.

Professor Michael Cousins, the director of the Pain Management Research Institute at the Royal North Shore Hospital says the drug could also be used to treat people with chronic pain as long as it is carefully managed, using dose control and regular assessment.

However, he's told the committee more research is needed into the long-term side effects of cannabinoids.

But he says there is enough evidence to support giving the treatment to terminally ill people, like those with late stage cancer or AIDS.

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Cannabis helps the dying, NSW inquiry told
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March 18, 2013

PEOPLE at the end of their lives should have access to cannabis to manage pain and improve quality of life, an inquiry has heard.
The drug could also be used to treat people with chronic pain so long as it was carefully managed using dose control and regular assessment, said Professor Michael Cousins, director of the Pain Management Research Institute at the Royal North Shore Hospital.
However, he told the NSW parliamentary committee more research was needed into the long-term side effects of cannabinoids.
Asked if there was enough evidence to support giving the treatment to terminally ill people, such as those with late stage cancer or AIDS, Prof Cousins replied, "Absolutely ... we should be doing something now.
"In view of the lack of options we currently have I think it's very important that we take advantage of this option."
The committee is investigating the feasibility and safety of using cannabis as a medicine, and the legal implications of supplying cannabis to patients.
Addressing the inquiry on Monday, Saxon Smith from the Australian Medical Association said there was growing evidence certain cannabinoids were effective treating chronic pain and could help people with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.
"However, the results of long term medical use are not understood at this point in time," he said, adding the drug could lead to psychosis and depression.
"That is is something that we feel needs to be a watching brief at this time."
Dr Saxon said the AMA backed the use of synthetic cannabinoids rather than smoking cannabis.
Professor Jan Copeland, director of the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre, said there had been a spike in cannabis use in countries where it had been legalised.
She also warned it was "a drug of addiction" and research supporting its medical use was "moderate at best".
Ref:Cannabis helps the dying, NSW inquiry told | News.com.au
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PARLIAMENT OF NEW SOUTH WALES
Public Hearing 18/03/2013 - Use of cannabis for medical purposes
Date Monday 18 March 2013, 10:15 to 17:00
Venue Macquarie Room
New South Wales Parliament, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Contact Merrin Thompson, Principal Council Officer
Phone (02) 9230 2895
gpscno4@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Transcript Transcript 18/03/2013 #2 366Kb

Context Use of cannabis for medical purposes Inquiry, General Purpose Standing Committee No. 4
See the Inquiry for reports and submissions related to this hearing.

Agenda
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Hearing Schedule - Use of cannabis for medical purposes - 18 March 2013.pdf

HEARING SCHEDULE
INQUIRY INTO THE USE OF CANNABIS FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES
Macquarie Room, Parliament House
Monday 18 March 2013
Time Witness Position & Organisation Sub No
10.15 am
Dr Saxon Smith
Mr Andrew Took
Vice-President
Director, Medico-Legal and Employment Relations
Australian Medical Association
21
11.00 am Morning tea
11.15 am
Professor Michael Cousins
Director, Pain Management Research Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital; and
Board Member, Pain Australia
n/a
11.45 pm
Professor Jan Copeland
Director, National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre
56
12.30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm
Mr Paul O’Grady Individual n/a
2.00 pm
Ms Margaret Hall
Mr Ben Mostyn
Member
Founding Member
Australian Drug Law Reform Initiative
69
2.45 pm
Dr David Phillips
Mr Graeme Mitchell
National President
NSW State Officer
FamilyVoice Australia
31
LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
GENERAL PURPOSE STANDING COMMITTEE NO.4
3.30 pm Afternoon tea
3.45 pm
Mr Nicolas Parkhill
Mr Dean Price
Chief Executive Officer
Policy Advisor
ACON
73
4.15 pm
Dr Andrew Katelaris MD
Individual
120
5.00 pm Finish of hearing
For further information please contact the Secretariat on (02) 9230 3504
Submissions to Use of cannabis for medical purposes.
These submissions are published by the Committee under the powers given to it under the Standing Orders, the resolutions establishing the Committee and the Parliamentary Papers (Supplementary Provisions) Act 1975.
This material is subject to parliamentary privilege which may restrict the way the submissions can be used. If further information is required on the use which can be made of these submissions the advice of the Clerk of the Parliaments should be sought.
While submissions are subject to absolute privilege, any re-publication may not be. It is recommended that the advice of the Committee Director be sought should clarification be required.
The submissions listed below have been made public by resolution of the Committee. Please note this may not be the full list of submissions.
For information on submissions, contact the Secretariat (contacts are listed on the Committee's homepage).
Ref:Submissions
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Well I should think so too. If I had terminally ill cancer I'd want ganja, not morphine!

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