A proposal to allow the use of medical marijuana in the ACT would be a “large drain” on the health directorate’s resources, according to the Territory’s top doctor.
Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury has proposed legislation to make cannabis available to terminally ill patients or those suffering chronic pain, and a Legislative Assembly Committee is now canvassing public opinion at a public hearing on the laws.
Acting chief health officer Andrew Pengilley told the committee that under the proposed bill, the Health Directorate would have to approve each individual patient’s use of medical marijuana.
“There will be a significant resource impost in running the scheme that we’re talking about here: a register, and processing all these applications,” he said.
“In an environment where we have a lot of other public health issues we want to direct resources to, this is going to be a large drain on those marginal resources.”