The Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill 2016 was passed in both houses of parliament on Monday, leading the way for medical marijuana in Australia.
The bill is specific in establishing the "licensing and permit schemes for the cultivation and production [in Australia] of cannabis and cannabis resin for medicinal and scientific purposes."
The debate in the senate was overwhelmingly in favor of the bill. Senators spoke out on the benefits of medicinal cannabis and the positive impact it has had on people all around the world. Senator Anne Urquhart got emotional as she recounted the experience of a mother who is seeking treatment for her younger daughter, April who suffers severe seizures.
April suffers from Dravet syndrome that causes her more than 1,000 seizures a day,
the senator explained.
At their wits end, Jessie and her partner Paul turned to cannabis oil in an attempt to contain April's attacks. It wouldn't be an overstatement to describe April's turn around as miraculous. With her attacks dropping from triple digits to as few as six.
Health Minister Sussan Ley, also thanked those who had campaigned for legalization.
I would particularly like to acknowledge the many patient advocates who have played a tremendous and tireless role in bringing this important issue to the attention of the nation, 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,