Renegade MP Steve Dickson firm as doctors call for care
BUDERIM MP and LNP defector Steve Dickson has labelled the law "an arse" in relation to the police seizure of alternative medicines made of cannabidiols derived from industrial hemp.
Coolum online business Hemp4Health has complained police have this month confiscated CBD products sold to a data base of 1000 people who use it as an alternative treatment for a range of ailments.
Mr Dickson has come under fire from the Palaszczuk Labor Government which says legislation is already in place and people needing marijuana-based medicine should discuss it with their doctors.
"It is worth noting Steve Dickson voted for this Act and three months ago he praised Health Minister Cameron Dick on the legislation as 'an outcome that I believe is going to be fantastic for Queenslanders'," a spokesperson said.
And Sunshine Coast Local Medical Association vice president Wayne Herdy has warned people against self-prescribing, saying the health benefits were limited in only a small number of cases and not full-tested through science.
"Yes I supported legislation and was happy with the federal government legislation to allow it to be grown legally," Mr Dickson said.
"But people can't get it now in Australia because of the stringency of the Therapeutic Goods Administration."
Mr Dickson said you would need to be a circus clown to go through the hoops only in the end to get a synthetic, imported and very expensive product.
"Politicians don't understand the legislation," he said.
"The earliest possible time to have a plant grown, harvested and manufactured will be the end of the year.
"If you go to a doctor it's more expensive to get and often won't work.
"If that's the solution we need another look.
"They can continue to shuffle papers and say they have a solution but don't walk away from the kids who need help today."
Mr Dickson said there should be an amnesty and parents required to sign a legal document taking full responsibility for the treatment they give their children.
"If it works you use it," he said.
"The law's an arse in this case. The police should be chasing gangsters and house robbers.
"The problem won't go away and people deserve help."
Dr Herdy said the science around medical marijuana was fairly flawed.
"The potential benefits are limited," he said. "There a very limited number of prescribers for clearly specified conditions. It's a research tool and not a widely researched tool."
Dr Herdy said any cannabis product had multiple cannabidiols with the valuable having to be separated from the harmful.
"The anecdotal evidence of one person is not science," he said. "We stopped using that as a medical base hundreds of years ago.
"One of the problems is people who find an alternative medicine in which they have faith and then use that to the exclusion of conventional proven medicine there is a risk of harm.
"Doctors will accept the use of alternative medicines as long as it is used in conjunction with conventional medicine."