Australia: Australia is likely to make the cultivation of medicinal marijuana legal in the country. The bill will go before the Federal parliament on Wednesday.
The establishment of the nationwide cannabis cultivation scheme that was followed in Australia state government has been setting trials the last year. As per sources, they aim to produce the medical grade of marijuana for treatment purposes.
Cannabis has been long seen as a powerful-pain relief treatment for those suffering from the chronic diseases such as cancer, Dravet Syndrome, HIV/ AIDS, glaucoma and Parkinson’s disease.
The country’s Health Minister Susan Ley will introduce the proposed amendments relating to the narcotics and drugs Act 1967. The new bill, if passed will allow the cultivation with the permits.
“We know the Greens are supportive,” Ley said on Wednesday.
“In fact, I’ve had support across the chambers and around the country and I really believe this is bipartisan,” she added.
Speaking to the press, Ley said she had briefed cross-bench MPs on the scheme and believed it would pass through both house before the end of the week.
Several countries in 2015, including Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia had tries to consider the legalization of the trade as no illicit drugs could be imported into Australia under Federal law.
The Australian government has been criticized by the Greens for lagging behind the states’ efforts in making medicinal cannabis more accessible for seriously ill patients.
But Ley said the extra time taken was necessary as many key stakeholders needed to be incorporated in the law-making process, particularly due to the policy’s relation to a banned drug.
“This is very complex legislation given that it brings together so many different strands of so much at state and territory level,” Ley said on Wednesday.
“We needed to make sure that we consulted with law enforcement, that we protect the integrity of the system and those who use it, and that we enabled the states to do what many of them are standing by ready to go ahead with,” she added.