Australian opposition party, Labor, has said it will allow Victorian patients with debilitating medical conditions to obtain medical marijuana legally if it wins the state election in November.
The party plans to decriminalize cannabis oil used in treatment of conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, glaucoma and HIV/AIDS. However, Opposition leader Daniel Andrews ruled out making recreational use of marijuana legal.
“In some cases, parents are forced to choose between breaking the law and watching their child suffer,” said Mr. Andrews.”Children are in pain, families are suffering, people are living in fear, and outdated laws are getting in the way.”
The decision comes after public campaigns by some Victorian families who said that they noted improvements in their seriously ill children after giving them medical marijuana in situations where other medicines failed to work.
Should it be elected in the November poll, Labor plans to obtain advice from Victorian Law Reform Commission on matters related to the prescription, processing and distribution of medical marijuana. However, the party won’t allow smoking of the medical marijuana.
According to The Age, the Labor party seems to have backtracked on its previous stance that it has no plans to have medical marijuana legalized after it held an intense debate about the issue.
Mr. Andrews said it was now the time to review the law in order to make life easier for parents who are torn between breaking the law or saving the lives of their children. He however stressed that the party doesn’t seek to promote illicit drugs or recreational use of cannabis, and that his party aims to have medical cannabis bill tabled before the parliament by the end of 2015. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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