Yesssssssss, it’s all finally happening!
Today in Parliament, the Turnbull government announced legislation that would allow access to medicinal marijuana, for chronic pain and a range of other conditions.
The legislation also allows farmers to grow and distribute medicinal marijuana.
The amendment to the Narcotics Drugs Act 1967 will allow doctors and patients greater access via a single licensing scheme, at a national level.
Health Minister Sussan Ley is leading the amendment, and said this in a statement today:
“This is an important day for Australia and the many advocates who have fought long and hard to challenge the stigma around medicinal cannabis products.For Australia, this is the missing piece in a patient’s journey.Importantly, having a safe, legal and reliable source of products will ensure medical practitioners are now at the centre of the decision making process on whether medicinal cannabis may be beneficial for their patient.”
Watch the 7 News report from Canberra below:
Both Labor and Greens have expressed support for the legislation, so the bill is set to pass easily.
Source/Photo: 7 News.