Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Adam Koessler: 50,000 people sign petition supporting dad facing jail for giving dying daughter cannabis oil

Nearly 50,000 people have signed a petition calling on politicians to help a dad who faces criminal charges after giving his dying daughter cannabis oil.
Australian Adam Koessler was arrested and charged earlier this month after giving two-year-old Rumer Rose the oil to relieve her symptoms of late-stage cancer - something he claims led to a "miraculous" improvement in her condition.
But his bail conditions mean he cannot have contact with his sick daughter, who is now in intensive care after her condition deteriorated.
On Monday, Adam's supporters revealed on his Facebook page he had again been 'blocked' from visiting Rumer by security and hospital bosses.
By this evening, almost 50,000 people had signed a petition calling for Queensland premier Campbell Newman and justice minister Jarrod Bleijie to intervene, saying "it is inhumane and unjust to keep a parent, who acted out of love for his child [and] wanting to prolong her life, away from her during such severe illness".

The petition adds: "Medical cannabis has been legalised in many countries and jurisdictions around the globe. There is ample evidence to show that it has many beneficial effects for cancer patients without the harmful side effects and other associated risks of current drug treatments. In fact working in conjunction with the recommended treatment regime, medical cannabis has also been proven to alleviate these adverse side effects.