Medicinal cannabis crops now legal in Australia

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Associated  Australian Press | October 30th, 2016

Australia will now allow medical cannabis growers to apply for licenses

Health minister Sussan Ley says changes to law give patients and doctors access to a safe, reliable and legal source of cannabis for medicinal use.

Budding cannabis producers can now apply for a licence to legally grow the crop in Australia, for medicinal use only.

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Changes to Australian law mean while recreational cannabis use is not decriminalized, producers can now apply for a licence to legally grow the crop for strictly medicinal purposes.

The Narcotic Drugs Amendment Act 2016, which came into effect on Sunday, allows businesses to apply for a licence to cultivate cannabis or manufacture cannabis products for medicinal purposes, or to conduct related research.

The health minister, Sussan Ley, said the changes would give patients and doctors access to a safe, reliable and legal source of cannabis for medicinal use.

“Until now, it has been difficult for patients to access medicinal cannabis products from overseas sources,” Ley said in a statement on Sunday.

“These new laws change that situation by providing for a domestic supply of medicinal cannabis products that are not readily available for import.”

She stressed the changes do not decriminalize recreational cannabis use.

Licence applicants must pass a security test and meet strict requirements, and individual states and territories will still decide who can use medicinal cannabis.

 

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