Medical usage of marijuana is close to be legalized in Australia. On February 10, 2016 (Wednesday), a bill was introduced by the Liberal party that would mean a revision to the Narcotic Drugs Act from 1967. The bill was well received by the opposition party, as they instantly pledged their support for it, meaning it is almost certain that the bill will be a law!
Not only it looks guaranteed to become a law, it is expected to become one as soon as March. Under the proposal a national licensing and permit scheme would be fixed for the sole purpose of supplying medical marijuana to patients with chronic and painful conditions.
“This government understands that there are some Australians suffering from severe conditions for which cannabis may have applications, and we want to enable access to the most effective medical treatments available,” the health minister Sussan Ley stated in parliament.
A few states in Australia, Victoria one of them, already started the preparation for the legalization of cannabis cultivation for medical use. With the bill introduced, the path is clearing for a national policy.
“I am confident creating one single, nationally consistent cultivation scheme, rather than eight individual arrangements, will not only help speed up the legislative and regulatory process, but ultimately access to medicinal cannabis products as well,” Ley added in a statement.