A deregistered doctor, convicted after growing a marijuana crop in the Hunter Valley believes a trial of medical cannabis is not needed as there is already proof it works.
Premier Mike Baird announced this week a working group has been set up for the trial, with results to be reported by the end of the year.
In 2005 Sydney Doctor Andrew Katelaris was deregistered for three years over the self-administration of cannabis and for supplying it to some patients.
At the same time he was convicted of growing nearly 50,000 cannabis plants near Dungog in the Hunter Valley.
He said the Premier’s cannabis trial is laughable.
“I mean trial for its use in terminal cancer, I mean there is no need for a trial, it has been used in palliation for years,” he said.
He said it is time a new category of cannabis is created called medical hemp.
Mr Katelaris said he has had success treating children with epilepsy.
“After 20 years of painstaking negotiations we created a category of cannabis growing called industrial hemp where things are grown for the production of the fibre and seed,” he said.
“We now want to create another category called medical hemp where it is grown specifically for medical applications, therefore it is not suitable for recreation but suitable for medical use.”