Australia: Medicinal cannabis a step closer with legislation to allow cultivation

Health minister Sussan Ley says a bill to allow the cannabis to be grown for use in medical trials will be introduced on Wednesday and passed this sitting

Patients suffering chronic and painful illnesses are a step closer to accessing medicinal cannabis.

Legislation allowing the controlled cultivation of the plant for medicinal or scientific purposes through a national scheme will be introduced to parliament by the Turnbull government on Wednesday.

Health minister Sussan Ley wants the laws passed in this sitting, saying it will open the way for sick Australians to get access to relief.

The government had worked closely with the states and territories, law enforcement agencies and stakeholders over the past eight weeks to ensure a smooth passage through parliament, she said.“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,” she said....

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