While various states, countries, and cities have liberalized their laws regarding marijuana, Australia set the record recently. After a vote was taken, their Parliament has now decided to make medical marijuana legalized throughout the entire continent, which makes them the very first entire continent to legalize marijuana in history.
What exactly did the vote do? Well, it amended the Narcotic Drugs act, which granted permission to legal cannabis farms to distribute marijuana products.
In a statement, Sussan Ley, the Minister of Health said:
“This is a historic day for Australia and the many advocates who have fought long and hard to challenge the stigma around medicinal cannabis products so genuine patients are no longer treated as criminals,” she went on “This is the missing piece in a patient’s treatment journey, and [we] will now see seamless access to locally produced medicinal cannabis products from farm to pharmacy.”
While the complete details have not been provided, it has been reported that within a few months, patients that have prescriptions for medical marijuana will be able to resume growing their own cannabis crops or to purchase products from various dispensaries.
Australia, which has a population of around 23 million, is obviously following suit with American states that have taken measures to amend or entirely change current legislation pertaining to marijuana. Obviously, lawmakers are beginning to realize the medicinal benefits of the plant, as well as the apparent innocence of its use recreationally. With various American states joining in with Colorado on marijuana legalization, and now Australia joining in as an entire continent, could it be possible for us to see other states and nations joining into the movement to decriminalize marijuana? Well, we can certainly hope.