Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a landmark legislation ‘expected to pass ‘easily’, that would allow doctors and patients help to manage chronic pain and conditions with medical cannabis. 

The legislation is expected to pass through parliament within the current sitting period after Labor expressed its intent to support medicinal cannabis at the end of last year while the Greens are certain to be on board. The NSW and Victorian governments have been moving toward introducing medical marijuana schemes locally; they could not do so legally without a federal scheme.

Ms Ley will lead the charge to amend the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967, allowing for greater access to medical marijuana at a national level through a single licencing scheme. The changes will also allow for local farmers to grow, produce and distribute medical marijuana through the narcotics act and the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.

“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.” – Sussan Ley, Health Minister

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