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This article is a little dated, but I wanted to post it to show how support for Sativex can come from the most unlikely of places.

The Country Women's Association (CWA) of Australia, are a representative body of women, drawn from some of the most conservative parts ofAustralian society.

CWA joins fight to legalise cannabis in Australia
September 11, 2006

One of the country's most conservative bodies has joined the fight to legalise cannabis for medicinal purposes.

The national convention of the Country Women's Association (CWA) has agreed to lobby governments to assist cannabis trials for the relief of pain in the chronically and terminally ill.

The issue was first raised by the group's Tasmanian branch, which wanted all options available in their health care.

"A lot of our members are dealing with people who are chronically and terminally ill and want easy access to services," incoming president Leslie Young said.

While many anti-drug groups support the CWA push, long term campaigners warned of the dangers of "overblowing" the positive effects of cannabis.

"Anecdotal stories from pot smokers and ad hoc experimentation with cannabis should be rejected by Australian governments and reputable community groups as it is simply dangerous and irresponsible to give false hope to the seriously ill in this way," the Australian delegate to Drug Watch International, Michael Robinson said.

Salvation Army drug and alcohol services spokesman Mike Coleman said his group supported evidence based research and had no moral opposition to trials into the medicinal use of marijuana.

Australian Drug Foundation spokesman Geoff Munro also supported research in this direction.

Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Health Christopher Pyne said the Howard government had given the go-ahead for cannabis trials in NSW and was not opposed to drugs like the cannabis-based Sativex, which is licensed in Canada to alleviate pain in multiple sclerosis patients.

Mr Pyne said if a company wanted to market Sativex in Australia it would have to go through the normal process of attaining approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

"The government does not oppose cannabis-based drugs for medicinal purposes (but) we are only talking about tablets or sprays which are administered as prescribed," he said.

Federal opposition spokesman Laurie Ferguson said support from a conservative group like the CWA for research into cannabis use was an indication of how far the public had shifted on this issue.

© 2006 AAP
 
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