The US have 23 states with medical marijuana and 4 with recreational, Canada's new Prime Minister wants to fully legalize pot, and now Australia is joining the pot parade. A bill introduced this week into parliament would reverse the Narcotics Drugs Act 1967 and make medical marijuana legal for qualifying patients. Expected opposition has actually supported this bill, making the bill expected to pass into law by March. Some parts of Australia have previously started the road to medical legalization but this new legislation will give Australia a consistent and universal medical marijuana system.
Under the proposal a national licensing and permit scheme would be established for supplying medical cannabis to patients with painful and chronic conditions. It’s expected to become law by the end of March.
“This 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,” health minister Sussan Ley told parliament.