Toowoomba family welcomes medicinal cannabis trials

Rhonda Miles with her son Lachlan.
Rhonda Miles with her son Lachlan. Rachael Murray

THE Premier's support for the first medicinal cannabis trials in Queensland is a breakthrough for the Miles family.

Toowoomba mother Rhonda Miles has been petitioning for the legalisation of the drug in the hope it will give her 15-year-old son Lachlan relief from his life-threatening seizures.

She said she welcomed Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's announcement that her government would move on the medical cannabis issue.

"We're thrilled as a family that the Queensland Government has decided to act on this issue," Mrs Miles said in radio interview.

"This is something that we've wanted for a long time.

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"We welcome it. As a family we're thrilled for personal reasons because of our own son, but we see this as step one.

"From here, what we would like to see is an amnesty for patients who are currently using medicinal cannabis oil or treatments.

"We're talking about genuine patients that have a need now who don't have time to wait for the trials to unfold."

She said the family would wait to hear details of the trials before they knew if it would be suitable for Lachlan.

"It's too early to know.

"We look forward to continuing to work with both sides of parliament on this important public health issue."

The Queensland Premier said Queensland would join forces with the New South Wales Government to take part in the clinical trials which would test the effectiveness of the drug to treat epilepsy, cancer and palliative care patients.

Details of where the medicinal cannabis for the trials will be sourced are still being worked out.



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