Michael McCormack: No to gays, no to medical cannabis

MEMBER for Riverina Michael McCormack has announced his position on the legalisation of medical cannabis in Australia and has declared he remains unconvinced by his own research on the issue.

CAN HELP: According to the Australian National Council on Drugs Cannabis can be useful for pain treatment. Picture: Gary Malerba

CAN HELP: According to the Australian National Council on Drugs Cannabis can be useful for pain treatment. Picture: Gary Malerba

"I'm not in favour of medical cannabis being legalised," Mr McCormack said.

"I've read a bit about it and spoken to a few people about it and I'm not in favour."

Mr McCormack refused to elaborate further on his comments until there was a bill before parliament.

A multi-party group of federal MPs including Liberal MPs Sharman Stone and Warren Entsch is working on a bill to allow cannabis oil as a medical treatment for epilepsy sufferers, cancer patients and other life-threatening illnesses.

"I would have to see the legislation and take on the views of people in the electorate," Mr McCormack said.

Early this year Mr McCormack said he would not support a same-sex marriage vote of conscience.

NSW Premier Mike Baird and Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner have given their tentative support for the bill.

Railing against his federal counterpart, member for Wagga Daryl Maguire has given tentative support to legislation that would legalise medical marijuana for terminally ill patients in NSW.

"I'm not saying no," Mr Maguire said.

"Most people would agree if there is a person who is dying, they should be given the support they need to manage their pain.

Mr Maguire said he still had concerns about supply and consistency of the product.

But he said the issues could be resolved through a "controlled" and "managed" pilot program.

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