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Medicinal cannabis legislation introduced

Medicinal cannabis legislation introduced

CREATED ON // Thursday, 11 February 2016 Author // Christopher Kelly

Federal legislation has been introduced allowing for Australians to access medicinal cannabis for chronic conditions such as HIV.

 If passed, amendments to the Narcotics Drugs Act 1967 would allow for a national cultivation scheme of cannabis for medicinal or scientific purposes — an Australian first.

Although the drug won’t be legal in smokable form, licensed cultivators and manufacturers will be allowed to produce oils, capsules, sprays and vapours.

With a prescription from a specialist doctor, people living with HIV and other chronic conditions — such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and cancer — will be able to buy the products at community pharmacies.

“This is an important day for Australia,” said federal health minister Sussan Ley. “Having a safe, legal and reliable source of products will ensure medical practitioners are now at the centre of the decision making process on whether medicinal cannabis may be beneficial for their patient.”

The legislation is expected to receive bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate.

This article was first posted in Positive Living.

Read the Summer 2015-2016 edition of Positive Living here.


Christopher Kelly

Christopher Kelly

Christopher Kelly is editor of Positive Living, a magazine published by NAPWHA for people living with and affected by HIV.

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