Jenny Hallam’s home in Adelaide was recently raided due to her supplying cannabis oil products to terminally ill people. (ABC, 2017)
In an interview with ABC Hallam said that “she had been working with Greens MP Tammy Franks for two years to try to legalise medicinal cannabis in Sough Australia.”
Hallam says she’s spoken to many politicians and done lots of work but they can’t seem to make any progress in SA. She’s tried to set up meetings with Jack Snelling for the past two years but they keep pushing her off to the drug and alcohol abuse minister… which just shows that progress is not being achieved everywhere.
“We’re not abusing anything, we’re not abusing any drugs. We’re using a drug responsibly and carefully and it’s saving people’s lives and it’s making people’s lives better and that’s all we’re trying to do.”
Hallam herself suffers a pain condition and self-medicated using cannabis oil. When she saw the results, she began supplying to others in need. She felt concerned about people going without the medicine.
Hallam was on morphine for 15 years and this was making her sick and just not working—she says it was cannabis that saved her life.
This is just an example of someone who has found that cannabis, when used responsibly for medical purposes, is extremely helpful for those suffering chronic or terminal illnesses and the fact that some state governments won’t legalise it for that type of use, seems incomprehensible.
“You get to a point where you just can’t say no to people. If they are ringing you up and they’re begging you, they’re crying and they’re literally begging for their life, how do you say no to that?”
ABC News 2017, SA medicinal cannabis supplier ‘snubbed by Health Minister for two years’. [online] Available at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-06/south-australia-lagging-behind-use-medicinal-cannabis-products/8165458 [Accessed 1 Jun. 2017].
A 32-year-old man in Queensland last year was given a two-year good behaviour bond after giving his two-year-old daughter with cancer cannabis oil. (Rebgetz and Guest, 2017)
“She was diagnosed with a stage three neuroblastoma and given a 50 per cent chance of long-term survival.”
Her father began cooking food for his daughter in the cannabis oil and putting it in chocolate. He had written in text messages of the oil’s success: it had calmed her and given his daughter an appetite where she had not had one.
Her mother, who had been separated from the partner, noticed that her food “smelt funny” and confronted him about this. She was “traumatized” over the use of medicinal cannabis.
Justice Peter Flanagan said that,
“What you did, no matter how much you believed in the positive effects, was both wrong and illegal and certainly in circumstances where it was done without reference to the doctors treating your daughter.
“One can’t look into the future to see if it [cannabis] one day might be legal — for now it remains an illegal act.”
The father was given his two-year good behaviour bond, but also in turn, lost his job working as the IT at a primary school.
Rebgetz, L. and Guest, A. (2017). Dad who gave cancer-stricken daughter cannabis oil avoids jail. [online] ABC News. Available at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-23/qld-father-gave-cancer-stricken-daughter-cannabis-oil-sentenced/7270222 [Accessed 3 May 2017].