Australia Legalises Medicinal Marijuana

The Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill 2016 advocating permission of sowing and producing cannabis for medicinal use has been passed by both the houses of parliament on Wednesday.

The verdict came as a result of seeing the usefulness of marijuana drug as a treatment method. The cultivation of cannabis and its resin is vital for medicinal and scientific purposes as it helps people to get their painful and chronic diseases cured. As per the legislation, a “state or territory government agency” will be allowed to proceed with cultivation and production of cannabis and related products of medicinal value. In addition, an amendment is also indicated to be made to the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.

The provisions in the bill stated that the new law will offer a proper legislative framework that will “enable cannabis cultivation in Australia and provide Australian patients in need with access to medical cannabis for therapeutic purposes.” “These amendments will also ensure that when cultivation and production of cannabis and manufacture of cannabis products for medicinal purposes begin, Australia will remain compliant with its international treaty obligations as defined in the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961,” Gizmodo quoted what the bill stated.

Health Minister Sussan Ley mentioned the day as a historic one for Australia. She claimed that the people “who fought long and hard to challenge the stigma around medicinal cannabis products so genuine patients are no longer treated as criminals.”

“This is the missing piece in a patient’s treatment journey and will now see seamless access to locally-produced medicinal cannabis products from farm to pharmacy,” she said as quoted by Business Insider.

The announcement made by the Victorian government in 2015 where it promised to legalise marijuana for medical purpose in 2017 has been achieved, while NSW is still conducting trials relating to the drug use. The Therapeutic Goods Administration has been assigned the task to look aster the development of cannabis product and keep a track on its scheduling to ensure there is no criminal involvement in any manner.

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