Marijuana discussion postponed

MEDICINAL marijuana is unlikely to be discussed in parliament as expected today, as the second sitting week continues to be dominated by the State Government’s handling of Waite MP Sam Duluk’s alleged abusive behaviour at a political Christmas party.

Member for Mount Gambier Troy Bell was expected to introduce a multi-part motion calling on the State Government to address barriers to the production of medicinal cannabis and cannabinoid drugs this morning.

Mr Bell’s motion also sought to decrease Cannabidiol from a Schedule 4 drug to Schedule 3, meaning products would be allowed to be purchased at a pharmacy without a prescription.

It is understood the government will not hear any private members business and push notices of motion – including Mr Bell’s – to March 4.

A spokesperson from the government said the three motions – which also includes a move by Shadow Status of Women Minister Katrine Hildyard to acknowledge and reject sexual harassment in workplaces – would be deferred to finalise parliamentary business.