Medical cannabis is officially coming to Australia’s most conservative state – Queensland – after the State Government passed new laws last night.
What is surprising, however, is how much more relaxed the laws are compared with NSW and Victoria.
The laws are essentially two-tiered: specialists like oncologists and palliative care specialists will be able to prescribe the drug, while other doctors like GPs can simply apply for permission when they believe a patient is suffering from certain conditions.
The bill was passed unanimously and will come into effect from March 2017.
“Queensland is leading Australia in providing a pathway to access medicinal cannabis treatment for those who need it most, in a safe, controlled way,” Health Minister Cameron Dick told the ABC.
He named the scheme as “the most flexible in the country”.
While growing medical cannabis is these days federally legal with a licence, only NSW and Victoria have cultivation schemes. Time will tell what will happen in regards to Queensland’s dope supply.