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Cannabis products made legal for Australian patients

Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy

Australian parliament has passed the Turnbull Government’s historic legislation to legalise the use of medicinal cannabis products for Australian patients, with the right procedures. Referred to as “missing piece”, cannabis now become a legal and reliable medication for the management of painful and chronic conditions.

“This is an historic day for Australia and the many advocates who have fought long and hard to challenge the stigma around medicinal cannabis products so genuine patients are no longer treated as criminals,” Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, said.

“This is the missing piece in a patient’s treatment journey and will now see seamless access to locally-produced medicinal cannabis products from farm to pharmacy.”

Under this scheme, a patient with a valid prescription can possess and use a medicinal cannabis product manufactured from cannabis plants legally cultivated in Australia, where the supply is appropriately authorised under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 and relevant state and territory legislation.

Ms Ley also announced the Department of Health, in conjunction with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), was currently well-advanced in having cannabis for medicinal purposes considered for down-scheduling to Schedule 8 of the Poisons Schedule.

“This will simplify arrangements around the legal possession of medicinal cannabis products, placing them in the same category as restricted medicines such as morphine, rather than an illicit drug. This will in turn reduce any barriers to access, no matter what state a patient lives in,” Ms Ley said.

The TGA undertook public consultation on down-scheduling cannabis for medicinal purposes in January 2016.

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6 replies to “Cannabis products made legal for Australian patients”

  1. Undoubtedly, all these points described in the article contribute to the health of the population, and if we take, for example, now the enthusiasm for vaping with cbd indicated here, then this gives an even greater reason to talk about the popularity of this product for health. As you know, cannabidiol is not a psychotropic substance, but has a good reputation for relieving stress and pain.

  2. I know that cannabis has many health benefits, so it’s great that people have started to understand it as well and legalize it.

  3. You’re right, and I’m glad that about a year ago, it became legal in my place to grow cannabis. I’ve always thought that it was too expensive, so for me, growing cannabis is the best option because I just buy autoflowering seeds and collect the harvest. It turns out pretty good, and I can tell you that it’s hard to mess up.

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