The Australian government has indicated it plans to legalise the growth of cannabis for medicinal or scientific purposes.

On Saturday, Health Minister Sussan Ley announced her party would propose a change to the Narcotics Drugs Act, which would allow for “controlled cultivation” of the plant in Australia. She said the move would help the government regulate the safety and supply of the drug for those in medical need.

Ley said in a statement the government was sympathetic to those with serious medical conditions who could benefit from the relief provided by medical cannabis. Read more…

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Australia is one step closer to legalising homegrown medical marijuana