I read some media stories, that the Australian Govt. is set to amend their laws (will follow USA & Canada etc.) & allow the controlled cultivation of Cannabis, for Medicinal use. Their minister said it would follow similar current provisions that already apply to Opium poppies (Tasmania) to provide the raw material for Morphine.
The minister made the following remarks : “I have heard stories of patients who have resorted to illegal methods of obtaining cannabis and I have felt for them, because with a terminal condition, the most important thing is quality of life and relief of pain” plus this “And we know that many people are calling out for medicinal cannabis.”
Regarding the regulations, she stated “You can import the product from overseas, but it is almost impossible because the demand in, for example Europe, is very high and the cost is very high too.” She then stated this about use “So I don’t want to place these difficulties in the way of patients who are terminally ill who may be able to get relief from medicinal cannabis.”
But then added a comment closer to current restrictions in Aotearoa/NZ “This is not a debate about legalisation of cannabis. This is not about drugs. This is not a product you smoke. This has nothing to do with that”
I hear that 3-4 Australian states are set to commence clinical trials. The NZ minister reportedly stated that we would likely ‘follow suit’ BUT in the next breath said “NO” to the medicinal use of ‘Leaf Cannabis’.. adding further confusion to the issue ”