Cancer Council welcomes moves to legalise medicinal cannabis

The Cancer Council says legalising medicinal cannabis will be a huge relief for Hunter cancer patients.

The Federal Government has announced it will legalise the growing of the drug to help those suffering from debilitating illnesses.

The council's Hunter regional manager Shayne Connell said he hopes patients are delayed no further.

"It helps us to get around one of the big issues that we have had since about 1999 which is, 'how do we supply this in a way that's safe, is regulated and in the best interest of patients?" he said.

"So by doing that, and by alleviating some of that stress for local cancer patients, we are hopeful that this is another positive step in the right direction to have access to this treatment."

Mr Connell said so many patients are in need.

"Families that are desperate to find a way to try to relieve pain in loved...

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