The Turnbull government is making medicinal cannabis legal in Australia

The federal government is introducing legislation to parliament to allow the cultivation and use of medicinal cannabis under a national framework today.

The move follows Victoria’s announcement last year that it will legalise the drug for medical use in 2017. NSW is also currently conducting trials into a cannabis-based drug, Epidolex, with a focus on children with epilepsy, and leading the state-based focus on medical marijuana.

The ABC reports that federal health minister Sussan Ley has briefed Labor on the legislation, which will allow cultivation via a national licensing and permit scheme, and believes she has bipartisan support.

The drug will not be decriminalised for general cultivation or recreational use.

Minister Ley is hopeful both houses of parliament will approve the new laws in this session, but told the ABC it was complex legislation that needed to deal with a range of state and territory policies.

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