Victoria, Australia | A new bill that could legalize medical marijuana in the south eastern coastal state of Victoria will likely be introduced before the end of the year. On Friday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said that the Victorian Law Reform Commission had been asked to submit a report by August of next year to determine when medical marijuana laws should change. The laws would allow people suffering from terminal illnesses and chronic, debilitating diseases to access marijuana.
Premier Andrews said, “It is my hope to have the bills into Victorian parliament before the end of the year.”
Andrews does not expect any pushback from the Upper House and feels that community supporters and medical experts will likely push the measure through without opposition.
Andrews spoke outside the home of Cassie Batten and Cooper Wallace at a press conference on Friday. Cassie, mother of Cooper, had previously been arrested for admitting in a television interview that she gave her epileptic son medical marijuana. Charges against the Victorian mother were later dropped, which prompted action to legalize marijuana for it’s medicinal merits.
At the press conference, Andrews said, “No parent should ever have to make a choice between saving their child and obeying the law. That is the definition of a law that is out of date. That is the definition of an area of our law that needs to be reformed and improved for the future.”
Marijuana will remain illegal for recreational use in the Australian state, and medical marijuana will only be made available in small quantities. Access to medical marijuana will be granted to patients suffering from Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, AIDS, Glaucoma, and Parkinson’s Disease.
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