HEALTH Minister Michael Ferguson yesterday expressed reluctance to support a further push towards legalised medical cannabis, believing that any change should be handled at a federal level.
Tasman Health Cannabinoids chief executive Troy Langman over the weekend said Tasmania was well-placed to become a cannabis crop site for medical purposes.
Mr Ferguson said cannabinoids were already available through authorised prescriptions for medical illnesses in Tasmania and around Australia.
``And I think that's the way it should be,'' he said.
``What we won't be seeing is the Liberal government opening up the smoking of pot in Tasmania.
``If cannabinoids can provide a proven treatment for illnesses, then there is no reason that they cannot be considered by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to be tested for their claims.''
Labor has already called for a debate on the issue.
Greens health spokeswoman Cassy O'Connor said her party would move to establish a parliamentary committee inquiry into legalisation of medicinal cannabis in the state.
``It is disappointing that the Health Minister has seen fit to be dismissive of this important medical issue, trivialising it by referencing people smoking pot, and then hand-balling responsibility to the federal arena,'' Ms O'Connor said.