Medicinal marijuana is now legal in New South Wales. The change sees doctors able to legally prescribe medicinal cannabis as of August 1.
The Poison and Therapeutic Goods regulation has been amended to include cannabis-based medications. In the past only patients enrolled in clinical trials were provided with medicinal marijuana.
Baird said on Sunday, “People who are seriously ill should be able to access these medicines if they are the most appropriate next step in their treatment.”
Medicinal cannabis has potential treatment for epilepsy, glaucoma, schizophrenia, sleep disorders, Crohn’s disease and arthritis.
Medicinal cannabis is currently legal in 20 states across the US. The drug will be grown under strict protocols at a high-security facility.