Statement on the use of cannabis for medical purposes

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Two years ago I initiated a parliamentary inquiry into the use of cannabis for medical purposes. I wanted to see the legalisation of cannabis use for certain medical conditions. As a first step, I wanted to revive the policy debate. The members of the committee did very well in reaching a consensus and delivering a unanimous report. I want to continue working with them to deliver change to the law.

I have said publicly in recent weeks that I will be working to encourage all of my parliamentary Labor colleagues to support legalisation of cannabis use for medicinal purposes. I have told Kevin Anderson that I want to support his efforts.

I am optimistic that we can finally achieve change to the law.

Luke Foley.