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

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

Also on that day, the dwelling 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 types 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 have to have to quit generating criminals out of sufferers.”

MCUA says there need to be a moratorium on arrests whilst a Federal Senate inquiry into barriers to patient access is below way. Cannabis was produced legal for health-related use in Australia in 2016, but the method for access remains complicated and the goods highly-priced placing medicines out of attain out of quite a few who could potentially get the most advantage.

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

“I want to use these situations as proof that people today with health-related circumstances are getting forced to use black industry and or to develop their personal in order to get access to cannabis (at inexpensive costs),” 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 presently stand in Australia.

The Health-related Cannabis Customers Association was established in 2014. Its mission is to function towards a fair, sustainable, inexpensive and acceptable cannabis access model that is patient centred, rather than market focused and 1 that is primarily based on a herbal rather than pharmaceutical model.