Australia: ‘Big change’ coming to marijuana laws as Queensland leads the way

AUSTRALIA is facing “big change” to laws around cannabis, with Queensland leading the way on helping sick people access the currently illegal drug.

Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick told Triple M Brisbane’s Marto and Ed Kavalee for Breakfast this morning that there was “growing demand” for the move.

The Bill, which was released online for public consultation last night, will formalise the process by which doctors can prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients.

“It’s going to be a prescribing and dispensing system, so we’ll be authorising doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis and we’ll be allowing select pharmacists who can control the drug safely to be able to prescribe, so it’s a big change,” Mr Dick said.

“Queensland has a lot to give in that space, a great history of agriculture, we’ve got some of the most innovative farmers in the world, we’ve got the right climate, we’ve got the right place and...

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