I feel for the families of desperately ill patients interstate who need medical marijuana – but has Shane Rattenbury thought this through? If the ACT becomes the first and only prescribing state/territory, there will be a flood of medical immigrants looking for prescriptions. That might not matter in terms of just prescriptions – but what about the other medical costs these terribly sick people will need paid (by us)? Hospital stays, clinics, followup, home care… potentially the gamut. At massive expense to a town of fewer than 500,000 inhabitants.
I gather some of the conditions where medical marijuana brings relief might be a great impost on the communal health purse. Surely this is an issue that needs states to all agree and introduce the solution together.