Government says yes to marijuana

If you’ve been waiting for medicinal marijuana to be legalised, you’re in luck. The Therapeutic Goods Administration has announced marijuana

If you’ve been waiting for medicinal marijuana to be legalised, you’re in luck.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has announced marijuana will be legalised for medicinal use Australia wide in November.

But if you’re eager to get your hands on some, you might not find it to be so easy.

The Daily Mail Australia is reporting the drug will be strictly controlled, with the federal government working to create a national regulator.

So what led to this decision finally being made after years of debate and discussion?

According to the Canberra Times, the final decision came after the Federal Government issued bipartisan support to change the Narcotic Drugs Act to allow the growing and production of marijuana for medicinal use in Australia.

Clinical trials have shown evidence that marijuana can help treat chronic pain and potentially even reduce nausea caused by chemotherapy.


While medical marijuana campaigners see it as a step in the right direction, they believe it’s just the beginning of a long road ahead.

Lucy Haslam, whose son Dan has gained from using the drug for medicinal purposes, has been a driving force behind the campaign.

She told Fairfax Media the industry was ‘bound up in red tape’ and feared it might be too difficult and too expensive to access the drug.

“My fear is that the industry will become so expensive that patients won’t be able to access a legal supply at an affordable price,” she said.

She also spoke of the work that still needs to be done in breaking down the stigma surrounding medicinal marijuana use.

“There’s also a lot of work to do on educating people and doctors, some of who remain a bit uncomfortable about prescribing medicinal cannabis to patients,” she said.

Recreational use of marijuana will remain illegal, although the Sex Party in Victoria is pushing for marijuana to be fully legalised for all uses.

Australian Sex Party leader Fiona Patten moved a motion in Victorian Parliament this week, calling for debate on legalising the drug.

Ms Patten was quoted in The Age as saying the time has come.

“Most people understand that the overseas experience of legalising cannabis for recreational use has had only upsides,” she said.

She’s also pushing for prohibitions on bongs and other marijuana paraphernalia to be lifted, and believes legalising marijuana use will unclog the court systems.

That debate is set to take place on September 14, with a bill to be introduced to parliament later this year.

What do you think? Is it about time marijuana is legalised for medical use? Or are you worried people could abuse the system?


  1. Ann Furber  

    About time. Chronic pain suffers rejoice.

  2. Would be great if it would help some of the symptoms of parkinsons.

    • Dale Phillips  

      I am terminal with Lymphoma and can’t wait to try medicinal marijuana.
      Wondering what the price will be!

  3. Dianne Evans  

    When you see a loved one in pain you know it is the right ting.

  4. Sue & Ian Nicol  

    We are over the moon about the decision to legalize medicinal cannabis. The fact that the drugs people take for chronic pain, epilepsy & chemo for a start are actually damaging & killing them slowly. Medical cannabis has shown over many studies overseas that it doesn’t harm at all & can give the sufferers back their lives.

  5. About time that cannabis was legalized as everywhere it has been done overseas it reduces the crime rate, helps people who have chronic pain, multiple Sclerosis, and in one trial overseas cured 42% of crones disease, reduces the pain and suffering of the terminally ill, increases the appetite of people who are having chemotherapy, fibro myalgia, and many other diseases and conditions.
    But the government is acting so slowly and bogging it all down with even laws and regulations. In Queensland it will take a minimum of two to six months to get only the cannabis based medicine from the big pharmaceutical companies and not allow the patient to grow their own

  6. About time we caught up with the rest of the world this will be in a pill form its’ not like everybody is going to sit around
    with bong will help a lot of pain sufferers including me.

  7. I cant wait! For a sufferer of chronic pain i look so forward to it! Cant come quick enough! I bet if the lawmakers lived with 24/7 agonizing pain it would have been done years ago!!!

  8. Colin Smith  

    I believe this drug would assist My Parkinsons symptoms as I have good days and bad days where I must use Valium to reduce the stresses and effects of the central nerve system damage the disease produces. There is no cure for Parkinsons so this would assist.

  9. Karen  

    I’m hoping it will help ease the pain from my fibromyalgia. So tired of taking so many pain killers that don’t work

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