Published by Huffington Post
CANBERRA — Australia has passed a bill to allow cultivation of medical cannabis but the Greens say it is still considered an illegal drug.
Health Minister Sussan Ley announced on Wednesday afternoon that there had been amendments made to the Narcotic Drugs Act, which was passed by the House of Representatives and also successfully passed through the Senate.
The bill would allow access to cannabis products for medicinal purpose so long as the people are suffering from serious illnesses. This legislation of cannabis growth is for medical and scientific purposes only. Products such as cannabis oil are used to treat nausea during chemotherapy, Multiple Sclerosis, chronic pain and other neurological conditions.
Under this scheme, a patient who has acquired a valid prescription can possess and use a product derived and produced from medical cannabis plants legally cultivated in Australia.
Greens leader, Senator Richard Di Natale, spoke in the Senate in support of the bill, stating that it remained an illegal drug, even though there was a green light to grow the substance for medicinal purposes.
Though the bill was praised on medical grounds, one point was made very clear regarding the provision an
that it was not for recreational cannabis use.