A big win for medicinal cannabis patients in SA and the Drive Change campaign! The current drug driving laws are discriminatory toward medical cannabis patients. The Drive Change campaign was started to help create driving law reform that’s fair, equal, and improves public health. We’re honoured to have SA Greens MLC Tammy Franks as a supporter and ambassador for Drive Change.
About SA Greens MLC Tammy Franks
Tammy Franks was elected in 2010. ‘Driven’ for more than a decade, Tammy has taken-on countless issues and continues to advocate tirelessly for people and the planet.
Tammy’s determined work enabled the passage of the SA Industrial Hemp Act 2017 in 2017, and in parallel, her compassionate advocacy for better and more affordable access to medicinal cannabis for patients continues.
Recognising that whilst legal to be prescribed Medicinal Cannabis, the State’s drug driving laws are discriminatory.
“Patients should not have to choose between medicine or mobility.” Tammy is honoured to be associated The Cannabis Law Reform Alliance to #DriveChange
The Road Traffic (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill 2021
In February 2021, Ms Franks introduced The Road Traffic (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill 2021 in South Australia. The goal of the Bill:
To create drug driving law reform that’s fair, equal, and improves public health.
As quoted from Ms Franks website:
“The Bill provides for a complete defence against the charge of driving with the detectable presence of THC in oral fluid or blood where a person has a valid doctor’s prescription for a medicinal cannabis product containing THC and that product has been administered as directed. The Bill also makes the defence available for persons participating in medicinal cannabis clinical trials, removing a major hurdle for the advancement of cannabinoid science. The defence is not available in any circumstances involving dangerous or reckless driving or in any matter where the police can establish driver impairment.”
To read more about the Bill and how Ms Franks is fighting hard to help bring positive change for medicinal cannabis patients, you can read this post on the Road Traffic (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill 2021.