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Medicinal marijuana is a contentious issue that has been brought to the fore in recent months through repeated features on current affairs shows that help people to understand its benefits to some of those who are suffering terrible illnesses.  The use of cannabis as a therapeutic medicine is no small issue for over 60s either, with many knowing someone who has used the herb or oil as a treatment for enormous discomfort in the later stages of cancer, and in other horrific diseases.

So it is welcomed news that the Federal Government has this week spoken out to the cries from some state governments that they need a national scheme for marijuana cultivation and a licensing program in place.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Malcolm Turnbull has addressed the issue personally, saying he wants to make the growing of medicinal cannabis legal in Australia this year.  Susan Ley, the Health Minister is said to be finalising a series of changes to the Narcotics Act that will allow growth for medicinal and scientific purposes.

It is a dynamic move by the new government, given how long the public affairs momentum has been being pushed by states like Victoria and New South Wales, both of who say they want to legalise the treatment, but need a framework from the feds in which to do so.


The new legislation would see the Department of Health become the licensing body for growers setting the legal requirements under which States and Territory Governments can operate licensing and provision.

Minister Susan Ley is enthusiastic about the proposal, saying that allowing the cultivation of legal medicinal cannabis crops in Australia under strict controls strikes the right balance between patient access, community protection and our international obligations.  Products would need to be regulated by the TGA in Australia and would be distributed by prescription from a doctor or in a clinical trial.

Do you think it is a positive thing to see legal medical frameworks for the growing of medicinal marijuana?  Do you know someone who has used it? 

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. Anyone with terminal illness or chronic pain would want to try it, what would you have to lose? especially if it was on prescription, I would personally would not want to smoke or inject it but if it was in a pill or you ate it why not?

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    • Libbi they were saying the other night the oil will be available in capsule form, which I would definitely give a try as I hate being in pain every day.

    • The medicinal stuff doesn’t make you high, they remove that bit. That may or may not be a good thing, depending on your point of view, lol

    • It comes in oil form can be put into capsules too. It’s non hallucinate they take all that out through processing it. What it does do is it relaxes the body for those who suffer from chronic pain spasms it will relax the body. I don’t know about pain as I’m having to take opiate painkillers but painkillers don’t stop related spasms I know that for a fact but combined it enables you to be almost normal

    • I would not want to be walking around drugged Bea and running into walls and things and eating everything in sight so oil sounds good to me

  2. About time. A friends husband had a brain tumour a few years ago, the green muffins gave him back his appetite and gave him a slightly better quality of life for the time he had left

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  3. Rumours r Libbi smoking it don’t hurt ur lungs like bakky & as far as l know u don’t inject it,make cookies..

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    • I know darling but what if I cough myself to death 🙂 that would be more of a worry for me..cookies sound good 🙂

    • Cookies would b good Libbi,Indica is good for sleep & sativa for day use.l myself not worried abt med cannabis as l believe normal bush ( backyard) still has all benefits,u can grow it ur way,no chemicals an its wat nature intended,Its a herb not a drug.legalize it n u watch domestic violence drop,alcohol n prescribed meds kill,injure so many ppl.If u can’t grow ur own then med cannabis is OK but cannabis is a awesome plant to watch grow.

    • Libbi, there is a thing called a vaporizor, that removes the smoke and just allows you to inhale from a large plastic type bag, no resulting cough etc, This works extremely well for the non tobacco smokers and has absolutely no tar residue, IMO the best way for medical use. Wayne is correct in his review of the differant types, the benefits are many for those of us in cronic pain and spasms.Cookies also will work 🙂

    • Sorry l forgot abt the vaporizer,l prefer the actual sharing a smoke with friends as it gets everyone talking abt issues. I think all men’s sheds should have a room for this as cannabis helps ppl come out & talk honesty abt issues like depression… Plus like l said its a herb & all herbs r benifital to ur health..

  4. At last! Actually this plant is also good for so many other things and if regulated properly could create new industries.

  5. We will be very sorry do we ever think for ourselves stop following the americans

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    • Aileen, whilst I understand your concerns , I really do believe the benefits will far outway the problems. The Netherlands have legalized years ago and their drug issues are almost non existant, after a couple of years of problems. The American state of Colorado, which has legalized, now has an abundance of Tax revenue and is considered the richest state. Of course there will be teething problems, but it has to be better than what we put cronic pain sufferers, and some mental illnesses patients through, bring it on I say.

    • No-body will be walking around high, they remove that part of the plant. There are a lot more dangerous drugs already in use here

    • In this instance, it is the right move. I’m over the moon to think that ignorance has been overcome for the sake of so many sufferers. You may need it yourself one day.

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