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Australia Moves to Legalize Cultivation of Medical Marijuana Down Under

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On Saturday, the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia publicized its plan to allow medical marijuana to be legally cultivated for medicinal and scientific research purposes.

Currently under Australian law, cannabis is still classified as an illegal narcotic, and while penalties differ from state to state, those who cultivate, consume, carry or distribute it can be fined and sent to prison.

According to ABC Online:

“Health Minister Sussan Ley said the Government wants to give people suffering from debilitating illnesses access to the most effective medical treatments.”

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By amending the 1967 Narcotics Drugs Act, Australia’s politicians hope to legalize the local cultivation of medical marijuana without violating the country’s international commitments to the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.

Fired up for medical marijuana

With more than 246,000 people signing a petition on Change.org to decriminalize the plant and its potent cannabinoids for medical purposes, supporters of the Australian plan have long felt the current laws were prejudicial towards patients who relied on the plants flower to alleviate their pain.

While a serious victory for the sick and suffering Down Under, Ley noted, “Cannabis will remain classified as an illegal narcotic in Australia for recreational use.”

In the below video, Australia’s Senator Leyonhjelm makes the case for legalizing both medical and recreational marijuana in Australia.

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