CANBERRA, Australia — Australian lawmakers committed on Wednesday to legalize the growing of marijuana for medical use within a part of the world renowned for zero-tolerance and harsh penalties for illegal drugs.

The government introduced a bill to Parliament that would amend the Narcotics Drugs Act 1967 and create a licensing scheme for growing medicinal cannabis.

Marijuana is currently illegal throughout Australia, but two states are considering making the drug available for therapeutic uses.

“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.

Click here to read the complete article

Rod McGuirk - Associated Press ~

Recent News Articles

Monday July 22

How can Texas fix its marijuana problem after legalizing hemp? Forensic experts have a plan…

in Law & Crime

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

Prosecutors and crime lab scientists were scrambling to find a solution after a change in…

275 hits

Monday July 22

Medical pot is helping Minnesotans with PTSD - Cannabis News

in Medical News

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

Minnesotans who use medical pot to treat post-traumatic stress disorder are reporting less anxiety and…

353 hits

Monday July 22

Marijuana tourism lifts off in east Oregon - Cannabis News

in Finance

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

“There is a piece of touring that does belong to marijuana."

231 hits

Monday July 22

Cannabis industry gets crafty with terpenes - Cannabis News

in Science

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

Terpenes, terpenoids, terps. Whatever you call them, these compounds in cannabis that give it distinctive…

239 hits

Tuesday July 23

Top Congressional Chairman And Presidential Candidate File Marijuana Legalization Bills - Cannabis News

in Politics

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

The chairman of a key congressional committee responsible for crime policy is teaming up with…

217 hits