Appendix C. Consultations

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The Commission invited interested members of the public to attend meetings in Melbourne and regional centres to discuss their views on the legalisation of medicinal cannabis, as listed below.

1. Melbourne (5 May 2015)

2. Geelong (8 May 2015)

3. Ballarat (18 May 2015)

4. Bendigo (19 May 2015)

5. Mildura (12 June 2015)

6. Wodonga (15 June 2015)

7. Shepparton (16 June 2015)

8. Bairnsdale (22 June 2015)

9. Morwell (23 June 2015)


The Commission consulted privately about the questions raised in the issues paper with the people and organisations listed below in chronological order.

10. Department of Health and Human Services (Victoria)

11. Health Law Committee, Law Institute of Victoria

12. Emeritus Professor David Penington AC

13. Cassie Batten and Rhett Wallace

14. Participants at a public symposium on the legalisation of medicinal cannabis, organised by Fred Andronikos and other members of the community in Melbourne

15. Department of Health (Commonwealth)

16. Dr Roger McLennan FRACP, FRCP, Clinical Haematologist and Medical Oncologist

17. Glen Ludbrook, Central Highlands Community Legal Centre

18. David and Cheri O’Connell

19. Department of Economic Development, Jobs Training and Resources (Victoria)

20. Terry Roycroft, President, Medicinal Cannabis Resource Centre, Vancouver, Canada

21. Victoria Police Drug Analysis Unit

22. Professor David Castle, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne and St Vincent’s Hospital

23. Melissa Lonsdale and Matthew Fulton, Sunraysia Community Health Services

24. Ester Vanhinnisdael, Charlotte Byrne (Gateway Health) and Ray Stephens (Gateway Health)

25. Office of Medicinal Cannabis, Minnesota Department of Health

26. Colleen Garrick (Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative), Kaz Gurney (Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre), Sue Spence (FamilyCare), Dr Zee Wan Wong (Goulburn Valley Health) and staff from the Goulburn Valley Hospice

27. Canadian Medical Association

28. Office of Medicinal Cannabis, Netherlands

29. Arizona Department of Health Services

30. Bedrocan BV

31. Health Canada

32. Associate Professor Noel Cranswick

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