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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 955 asked in the Legislative Council on 6 December 2017 by Hon Colin Tincknell

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 6 December 2017

MEDICAL CANNABIS — ACCESS
      955. Hon COLIN TINCKNELL to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:
I recently asked questions during the budget estimates committee about the operational cost of the medicinal cannabis advisory committee and the members on the committee. I received the answer that 13 people are on the committee and that it meets once a month.
      (1) Does this mean that any member of the public in urgent need of access to medicinal cannabis has to wait a month to have any chance of gaining that approval?
      (2) If so, does the government feel that it is fair and appropriate to make the public of Western Australia wait a month for approval, especially after having had to wait so long to reach the committee in the first place?
Hon SAMANTHA ROWE replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question and answer on behalf of the parliamentary secretary.
      (1) No. Urgent cases are handled out of session by the Cannabis-Based Products Assessment Panel and decisions can be made within a week.
(2) Not applicable.