I Stand with Dan #FixDansLaw
Feb 23, 2019 —
Sometimes things become broken by accident and that is unfortunate, sometimes tragic. But sometimes things are broken by design and that is just cruel, dishonest and in some cases like this one, absolutely a case of putting politics before the human rights of patients. Let me explain…..
The 24th February 2019 marks the fourth anniversary of the death from bowel cancer of my beautiful 25-year-old son Dan Haslam - and is the third anniversary of the legislative changes we believed would make medicinal cannabis available to all sick Australians who needed it.
Called 'Dan's Law', I was once so proud of something I thought we'd achieved through our campaign and via our petition on Change.org which received over 250,000 signatures, but now I'm angry and bitterly disappointed.
Since this law was enacted, only around 2,000 sick Australians have managed to get a legal and very expensive prescription for cannabis or cannabis products out of the hundreds of thousands of people believed to be using the plant solely for medicinal purposes in Australia. This includes the terminally ill experiencing severe pain and suffering, and children with intractable epilepsy whose parents are forced to risk jail or face custody issues while treating their kids without any medical supervision or assistance - literally to keep them alive. For them and thousands of others nothing has changed since Dan and I ran our campaign. I know, because I talk to such people daily and I understand fully that loving parents don't lie. As a result, the domestic cannabis industry we were promised is, only now, starting to come into being but is focusing all its attention on exporting since the domestic market - the legal one - is being kept deliberately and artificially minuscule by scheming politicians, bureaucrats and health officials at State and Federal levels.
Meanwhile, they're desperately spinning the story that Australia's medicinal cannabis programme has been a fantastic success, when nothing could be further from the truth.
For these reasons - probably unusually for Change.org - I'm using this sad occasion to UN-DECLARE VICTORY in our fight to win access to cannabis and cannabis products for Australian patients.
It's true that three years ago this petition did make change with its 250,119 supporters - it was just that the change was a con. We have our Government to thank for that.
So things need to change yet again; this should not be all about helping businesses grow products for export, this should be about medicines for Australian patients.
On 13th February I met with Shadow Federal Health Minister Catherine King, whose Party support will be necessary regardless of who wins the next General Election. While Catherine did tell me at this stage she 'doesn't know where Labor will land' on the matter she was however extremely well briefed so I'm optimistic she shares with me a view that the meeting was useful.
I reminded her nonetheless it's been over three years since her Party made any public announcement about medicinal cannabis thus am hopeful they'll make clear what their policy is before the Election is called. People's lives could literally depend on them doing so.
I'm therefore re-starting this petition and asking for your help to fix the medicinal cannabis mess.
If you've signed already, don't worry - you can still play a huge part by visiting the UIC website and taking the few simple steps we describe.
Your involvement will make a difference so please let's pull together to get this mess fixed once and for all.
Thank you in advance for your help.
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