Medicinal cannabis legislation passes Parliament
Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan has welcomed the historic legislation that was passed Parliament yesterday which delivers the missing piece to legally-grown medicinal cannabis treatment in Australia.
“I have heard numerous stories from members of our community with debilitating illnesses who want access to medicinal cannabis to help relief their chronic pain and improve the quality of their lives,” he said.
“This legislation clears the way for Australia’s State and Territory governments and companies to apply for a license to locally cultivate or manufacture medicinal cannabis products.
“It was always vital we had a clear national licensing system to ensure the integrity of crops for medicinal or scientific purposes, with the new laws enabling the Commonwealth to track the development of medicinal cannabis products from the farm to the pharmacy.”
An independent Advisory Committee will now be established to oversee the next stage of the rollout of a national regulator now legislation has passed.
The legislation does not relate to the decriminalisation of cannabis for general cultivation or recreational use, which remains a law enforcement issue for individual states and territories.
Watch part of Mr Hogan’s speech supporting the legislation.