Australia Has New Cannabis Legislation

Narcotic Drugs Amendment Act 2016

Australia has new cannabis legislation- Those intending on producing cannabis for medicinal purposes are now able to apply for a licence to legally grow cannabis in Australia. The new policy, The Narcotic Drugs Amendment Act 2016, allows for Aussies to grow cannabis  for medicinal purposes, or for research into potential medicinal uses.

Health Minister Sussan Ley stated that for the first time, both doctors and patients across the country would have the opportunity to access reliable, consistent, safe, affordable and most importantly legal cannabis for medicinal purposes.

“Until now, it has been difficult for patients to access medicinal cannabis products from overseas sources,” she said in a statement when the new act came into effect.“These new laws change that situation by providing for a domestic supply of medicinal cannabis products that are not readily available for import.”

What About Recreational?

Minister Ley was clear to point out that the changes in Australian cannabis policy do not change their regulations on recreational cannabis use. At this time there is no  plan to decriminalise recreational cannabis, which remains a controlled and illegal substance nationwide.

In order to qualify for official permission to grow medical marijuana legally, applicants will need  pass a security test and fit a variety of criteria. Territories and States across Australia will have the final say when it comes to determining who will be permitted to use medical marijuana.

Funding Stopped For Vital Cannabis Info Center

An announcement has been made that the country’s national cannabis research and information body is to be discontinued, the government has confirmed that funding will not be renewed. According to policymakers, the decision was made to focus on other drugs, including crystal methamphetamine.Founded in 2007, The National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre at the University of New South Wales was created to address growing concerns with regard to cannabis use, abuse and misinformation across the country. It is a source of information for Australians citizens, providing only evidence and fact based guidance for both members of the public and healthcare professionals alike.

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