Queensland could grow medical marijuana crops under parliamentary committee recommendations.
Queensland could grow medical marijuana crops under parliamentary committee recommendations. FILE

No criminal checks for medical marijuana users

CRIMINAL history checks will not be conducted on patients accessing medical marijuana if Queensland parliamentary committee recommendations are adopted.

The parliamentary Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee has recommended the bill legalising medical marijuana be passed.

The bipartisan committee made two recommendations - to remove provisions allowing for criminal history checks and prioritise options to grow marijuana crops for medical use in Queensland.

The bill would not allow patients to grow their own marijuana and would track the amount and type of marijuana dispensed to patients through pharmacies.

The bill originally allowed criminal checks to be conducted on patients as a determining factor in the treatment of a medical condition.

But the Queensland Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies submitted to the committee that criminal history checks were not conducted in the use of other medicines.

"We have systems in place where people who have been dependent on opioids in the past are still allowed access to them for pain relief purposes," they stated.

The committee agreed and called on the criminal history checks provisions to be removed from the bill.

"The committee understands that criminal history checks are not undertaken on patients when determining appropriate treatment in any other circumstances in Queensland," the committee report said.

Should criminal history checks be conducted on people applying for medical marijuana in Queensland

This poll ended on 30 September 2017.

Current Results

No

78%

Yes

10%

Only for certain crimes

12%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"The committee considers that the bill provides other safeguards, including significant penalties for unauthorised regulated activity and investigation, monitoring and enforcement powers to address any risk of diversion of medicinal cannabis from practitioners or patients."

The report also recommended Queensland investigate locally grown marijuana crops for medical use. The committee agreed with an Australian Medical Association of Queensland submission that Australia could draw on a history of safely producing and controlling opioids for medical use.

The committee recommended the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries investigate options for licensing and cultivating medicinal cannabis.

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