Posted on Feb 8, 2020

A Tasmanian woman suffering from Crohn's disease has called on the federal government to introduce a permit system which would allow patients to grow cannabis for medicinal use.

In her submission to a Senate inquiry into barriers facing patients in accessing medicinal cannabis, Leone Harker said the current regulatory scheme was inadequate and patients should be able to grow their own cannabis plants.

Ms Harker has suffered from Crohn's disease for 16 years and has not found relief from it through the use of conventional drugs, with one prescription resulting in her suffering a severe anaphylactic reaction.

"After reading of other Crohn's disease patients regaining their health through the use of medicinal cannabis, I long for that opportunity for myself," she said.

"The medical profession has no answer of successful treatment for Crohn's disease other than drugs that have severe side effects."
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