The state parliament in Queensland, Australia has passed a bill that will permit persons of any age that suffer from certain ailments to use cannabis as a medicine.
The bill, Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2016, survived the state parliament’s gauntlet of political scrutiny and unanimously passed on Wednesday night.
Starting in March 2017, residents of Queensland will have “regulated access to medicinal cannabis” via a “prescription” after being subjected to “a system of medicinal cannabis approvals,” according to the bill’s language.
In order to start the “approvals” process, a patient’s “medical practitioner” must apply for consent from the government to “facilitate the treatment” with medical marijuana.
Once the law is in full effect, the supply of medical cannabis will be distributed via a “dispensing pharmacy” by an “approved pharmacist” or a “secondary dispenser.”
The bill’s language is clear in regards to who can legally dispense medical cannabis: “A pharmacist may apply for an approval (a dispensing approval) to dispense medicinal cannabis.”
However, there’s no mention of who can, or will, produce the cannabis that’s to be dispensed to patients that surpass the approval process.
Queensland Council for Civil Liberties spokesman Michael Cope mentioned they should consider growing their own supply of medical pot due to the fact that there are a limited number of nations that export it commercially.