A new Parliamentary Friends of Medicinal Cannabis Group (PFMCG) has formed in Canberra after the previous incarnation was dissolved prior to last year’s federal election.

Labor senator Anne Urquhart and Liberal MP Warren Entsch – both members of the previous PFMCG – are co-convenors of the new group, which will meet for the first time in May. 

The Australian Medicinal Cannabis Association (AMCA) has been invited to help plan the agenda.

A total of 31 MPs have signed up, including assistant minister for health and aged care Ged Kearney, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson and Greens senator and justice spokesperson David Shoebridge. 

From left: AMCA board members Justin Sinclair, Teresa Nicoletti and Lucy Haslam met with Labor senator and new PFMCG co-convenor Anne Urquhart and minister for health and aged care Mark Butler in November last year.

The 17 lower house members and 14 senators comprise 19 from the Labor party, three Liberals, three Greens, two each from The Nationals and One Nation, with one independent and one from the Jacqui Lambie Network.

The list in full…

Anne Urquhart, Labor Tasmania
Warren Entsch, LiberalLeichhardt, Queensland
Brian Mitchell, LaborLyons, Tasmania
Bert van Manen, LiberalForde, Queensland
David Shoebridge, GreensNew South Wales
Richard Colbeck, LiberalTasmania
Nita Green, LaborQueensland
Carol Brown, LaborTasmania
Pauline Hanson, One NationQueensland
Peter Whish-Wilson, GreensTasmania
Karen Grogan, LaborSouth Australia
Dan Repacholi, LaborHunter, New South Wales
Malcolm Roberts, One NationQueensland
Peta Murphy, LaborDunkley, Victoria
Ged Kearney, LaborCooper, Victoria
Catryna Bilyk, LaborTasmania
Louise Miller-Frost, LaborBoothby, South Australia
Louise Pratt, LaborWestern Australia
Tammy Tyrell, Jacqui Lambie NetworkTasmania
Michelle Ananda-Rajah, LaborHiggens, Victoria
Kristy McBain, LaborEden-Monaro, New South Wales
Fiona Phillips, LaborGilmore, New South Wales
Sam Birrell, The NationalsNicholls, Victoria
Perin Davey, The NationalsNew South Wales
Luke Gosling, LaborSolomon, Northern Territory
Steve Georganas, LaborAdelaide, South Australia
Jordon Steele-John, GreensWestern Australia
Julian Hill, LaborBruce, Victoria
Josh Burns, LaborMcNamara, Victoria
Josh Wilson, LaborFremantle, Western Australia
Kylea Tink, IndependentNorth Sydney, New South Wales

Prior to launching Cannabiz, Martin was co-founder and CEO of Asia-Pac’s leading B2B media and marketing information brand Mumbrella, overseeing its sale to Diversified Communications in 2017. A journalist...

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