Australian Government Shocks with New Medical Marijuana Laws
February 22, 2017

Australian Government Shocks with New Medical Marijuana Laws

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Nicole Richter Nicole Richter / Updated on February 22, 2017

It’s no secret that Australia is pro medical marijuana, but as of now, Australians will be able to access medicinal cannabis more quickly. Under recent federal changes, announced by Health Minister Greg Hunt, patients will no longer have to wait months to obtain it for medical use.

The Federal Government is speeding up things allowing a more rapid importation of the drug, while a domestic supply is built. This means that importers will now be allowed to buy from “reputable suppliers” overseas and store it locally to be distributed through doctors .

According to Hunt, “Within 8 weeks, possibly sooner”, Australia will have a store of imported medicinal cannabis ready-to-go.

This is a significant step towards legalization for the country and one that many people will benefit from.

How Easy is it to Get Medical Marijuana in Australia?

Well, it’s not as easy as in California, but they are definitely headed in the right direction. As of now, medical marijuana can only be prescribed by certified doctors. The Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) provides two ways to obtain medical marijuana:

  • Doctors can apply to become “authorized prescribers” of specific non-listed drugs to patients with particular medical conditions
  • Secondly, doctors can apply for medicinal marijuana on behalf of their patients through the “Special Access Scheme.”

In both cases, doctors need to be able to show that the drug would be of benefit for a particular patient with a specific disease and the application processes are stringent.

2017 is definitely starting on the right foot, and we hope to see more countries head in the same direction. Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook post.

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