Australia is heading towards setting up its own medical cannabis program throughout the nation. The Turnbull Government worked not too long ago to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. As a result, the nation would have been allowed to partake in the regulated farming and selling of cannabis products for those around the country with severe health conditions such as cancer.
The Independent states that a measure proposed by the Liberal Party would add to the Narcotic Drugs Act of 1967 and take cannabis out of its illegal category to research its effects on those suffering from severe medical conditions and allow physicians to provide it to his or her patients. The measure was given a great amount of backing, even from conservatives, so it will very likely become law in 2016.
Susan Ley, Health Minister, reported to Parliament that it was vital to provide support for the plan that would allow for research to be conducted on medical marijuana because “the 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.”
In 2015, Victoria was the first state in Australia to legalize medical marijuana for patients who have chronic pains and conditions such as cancer. According to Ley, though, “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.”
Australia’s recent cannabis laws will be a twist on international drug laws, especially considering that Australia is near Singapore and China, the countries that have put the most people to death over marijuana in the past. But similar to Canada and Mexico, Australia seems to be keened in on working on cannabis reform in its own country instead of focusing what may help the people of Australia tremendously.