One tonne of seized marijuana little use for those seeking relief from chronic pain

One tonne of marijuana worth up to $17 million has been seized by police this year but it is unlikely to bring any comfort to those with chronic pain or a terminal illness.

ACT Policing has raided numerous grow houses across the territory as part of a crackdown dubbed Operation Armscote, including its biggest haul in July of 900 plants worth an estimated $6 million.

The raids have filled police coffers with close to 1100 kilograms of cannabis but the drugs are destined to remain in storage for testing or as evidence before being destroyed.

A grow house discovered by ACT Policing during 2014-15. 

Despite this, many chronically ill Canberrans continue to call for a legal distribution of cannabis to provide relief from terminal illnesses or chronic pain.

ACT Policing chief officer Rudi Lammers said the force was sympathetic to sufferers of terminal illness and supported legally available methods...

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