Many patients find that growing their own strain specific cannabis, preparing medicines & self-healing, is a factor for therapeutic results
The MCUA of Australia Inc is a not for profit, patient oriented organisation that has been working since 2014 to raise awareness about the health benefits of cannabis; to expose the high patient demand that already exists within our society and to lobby our politicians about the need for law reform in this area.
Giving in to public demands in 2016, changes were made to the Narcotics Act to “accommodate” legal access to the medicinal use of cannabis. Unfortunately, these hasty and ill-considered changes were made without patient consultation and left us with a heavily regulated pharmaceutical model which uses expensive, imported, cannabis based products available only via the Special Access Scheme (SAS) to those who “qualify”. As a result of the current situation, access has become a “post code lottery”.
Thousands of patients have been forced to access medicine via the black market and/or to grow their own and thus run the risk of prosecution.
This back door Prohibition continues to harm good people. We need a system that will not discriminate against sick, dying, disabled and socially disadvantaged people in this way.
The current model has failed the greater majority of patients because it was designed with the sole intent of creating an export market that would make Australia a “leading contender” in the potentially billion dollar industry that has been sweeping the globe.
That organically grown cannabis is the most beneficial and nutritious food on the planet and that everyone should have affordable access to organically grown cannabis based foods and therapies; all Cannabis use is therapeutic and that the entourage effect of whole plant extracts is VITAL to the healing properties of Cannabis when used medicinally; that cannabis should be de scheduled and re classified as a botanical ingredient in complimentary medicine; it is our constitutional, health and human right to grow cannabis for preventative and curative measures as we see fit; that plant based herbal cannabis causes less harm to society than legal and pharmaceutical drugs; Cannabis Law Reform is well overdue and patients and carers who are using home grow methods now, should be exempt from prosecution under the Drug Laws of each state or territory if medical use can be proven.
Whole plant botanical products only; The right to home grow and share produce with other patients through a (legal /licensed/approved) Co-op Model; Research, education, advocacy and the rights of all consumers to make personal choice; We support rigorous testing of extracts through provision of a public testing facility to alert patients and minimise harms from solvents and growth promoters used in cultivation or manufacture; The Hemp Industry for food, fuel, fabric, plastics but NOT for medicine
The exclusive use of / or access to only pharmaceutical grade cannabinoid isolates or any other synthetically manufactured compounds masquerading as cannabis medicine; any businesses or companies that advertise online and professes to sell safe, legal and cost effective medicines – especially cbd only – which is currently classed (by internationally based companies) as a dietary supplement but classified as S4 requiring a precription by a doctor and importation through the TGA in Australia. the hypothesis that “home grown medicine is dangerous or harmful because we don’t know exactly what is in it”. Home growing eliminates these worries. Plants can be grown from stable seed stock in consistent ratios and we know exactly which extraction methods and growth promoters have been used.