Medical marijuana could be available down under through GPs in as little as eight weeks, health minister Greg Hunt has announced.
The move allows approved companies to import and distribute cannabis until the local market is big enough to meet demand.
This effectively means Australia now has a legal cannabis trade.
News Corp Australia reports that the government has been in discussions with a few companies that are ready to distribute immediately.
“What we’ve done here is issue a call for people to be able to establish an interim supply for and within Australia through importation,” Hunt said, reports the ABC.
Medical cannabis was officially legalised last year, but issues around supply and distribution still need to be nutted out.
Protesters last week marched on Parliament house, unhappy that the Government has given no amnesty to suppliers such as Jenny Hallam while regulations were sorted out.