Pot Luck: Medical Cannabis in Australia
Within an hour of taking a couple of drops of cannabis oil in a cup of tea, Natalie Daley, 32, feels relief.
“It helps me sleep. It stops the vomiting. It feels nice and I can function.” Natalie has adrenal cortical carcinoma — a rare, aggressive and likely terminal cancer. When she was first diagnosed, chemotherapy
nausea kept her on the couch for weeks at a time, unable to play with her four young children or even cook a meal. After a friend suggested she try cannabis oil to help relieve her symptoms, she found some on the black market. “To me it’s not a drug, it’s a medicine. I feel like I may have a second chance at life – to be able to see my kids grow up and hopefully grow old with my husband.” But because the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is illegal in Australia, Natalie is worried about being arrested. “I am worried about the police turning up on my doorstep, and I don’t really need that extra stress.”