Medicinal cannabis access
IT certainly was interesting to read the Therapeutic Goods Administration will alter restrictions governing the use and sale of cannabidiol allowing easier access to low-dose medicinal cannabis products in Australia (The Examiner, December 17).
It should be considered a step, albeit a baby-step, in the right direction in allowing Tasmanians access to CBD products.
Tasmania has a world-class medicinal cannabis processing facility capable of producing nine million bottles each year.
At its official opening, State Growth Minister Michael Ferguson said, "It's a very special opportunity for Tasmania to lend its support to people who are unwell and who need our support."
Yet Tasmanians are severely restricted when attempting to access medicinal cannabis medication.
If the government wanted a truly holistic and supportive approach for Tasmanians with chronic health symptoms, why put identifiable impediments in the way for accessing a medication that could be administered through a controlled dosage?
Anthony Camino, Youngtown.
Stay safe and strong
NOW that the festive season s upon us, let us not be too complacent as we have seen in the Northern Beaches COVID-19 is still rearing its head. Many people may well be spending this time in quarantine or isolation, a lot of them away from their families.
Then there are ones who through the pandemic may not be able to afford a fun time due to job losses or business shutdowns, we need to stop and take note of all that has and is occurring in the world around us.
It is a time in our lives when we need to stop and reflect on what is important, and the most important thing that any one of us can have is our health and wellbeing.
I am thinking of all those facing a bleak time and hope that 2021 can be a far better year for everyone. Stay safe and stay strong.
Susan Goebel, Mowbray.
Climate change self-interest
IT'S a mongrel argument - make no mistake. They are not doing it so why should we? They are not stopping capital punishment - why should we? They are not stopping genital mutilation - why should we? They are not stopping gay persecution - why should we? And so the climate change argument continues in the same vein (The Examiner, December 22) China and North America are far greater emitters of CO2.
They are not stopping global warming so why should we? When it comes to capital punishment, genital mutilation and gay persecution we understand the moral argument and act accordingly.
When it comes to climate change we simply can't see past our self-interest.
Tony Newport, Hillwood.
TASRACING is the laughing stock of the nation. Bungle after bungle and no end in sight. They have an all-weather track at Devonport which they refuse to use because Hobart and Launceston are preferred.
I bet the Devonport Cup isn't abandoned.