On Wednesday, the Australian Parliament passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana, the Huffington Post Australia reported. The bill does not allow for recreational use of marijuana.
As quoted in the publication:
Health Minister Sussan Ley announced on Wednesday afternoon that amendments to the Narcotic Drugs Act — passed through the House of Representatives on Tuesday — had also successfully passed through the Senate.
The bill would allow access to medicinal cannabis products for people suffering from serious illness, by legislating the growing of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes. Products such as cannabis oil are used in the treatment of nausea during chemotherapy, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and other neurological conditions.
Health Minister Susan Ley said:
This is an historic day for Australia and the many advocates who have fought long and hard to challenge the stigma around medical cannabis products so genuine patients are no longer treated as criminals.