Australia’s Healthcare Cannabis Customers Association (MCUA) has condemned current raids at the houses of fellow activists in the state of  Queensland.

According to MCUA, the residence of 66 year old disability pensioner Maggie O’Rance was raided on Wednesday. Just after allegedly getting a gram of cannabis and a pipe, Ms O’Rance was charged by police with connected offences.

MCUA says Ms. O’Rance had been attempting to get a prescription for cannabis but has been unable to and subsequently turned to the black marketplace.

Also on that day, the residence of cannabis advocate and educator Dr. Deb Waldron was reportedly raided, but there had been no additional specifics on the action or if any charges had been laid.

“These sorts of police actions price the tax payers thousands of dollars and for what advantage,” mentioned MCUA President Deb Lynch. “They are not in the public interest and they want to quit producing criminals out of sufferers.”

MCUA says there ought to be a moratorium on arrests when a Federal Senate inquiry into barriers to patient access is beneath way. Cannabis was created legal for healthcare use in Australia in 2016, but the procedure for access remains complicated and the goods high-priced placing medicines out of attain out of lots of who could potentially obtain the most advantage.

MCUA has place out a get in touch with to these prosecuted or otherwise penalised for cannabis crimes committed for healthcare use considering the fact that 2016 to detail their experiences for use in an MCUA submission to the inquiry.

“I want to use these situations as proof that folks with healthcare situations are becoming forced to use black marketplace and or to develop their personal in order to get access to cannabis (at reasonably priced rates),” mentioned MCUA’s Gail Hester.

The Senate committee for the inquiry, led by Greens leader Dr. Di Natale, is inviting submissions from sufferers, households and carers impacted by medicinal cannabis regulations as they at the moment stand in Australia.

The Healthcare Cannabis Customers Association was established in 2014. Its mission is to perform towards a fair, sustainable, reasonably priced and acceptable cannabis access model that is patient centred, rather than business focused and 1 that is primarily based on a herbal rather than pharmaceutical model.