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National licensing scheme for medicinal cannabis: Ley

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Minister for Health Sussan Ley has announced there will be a nationally controlled licensing scheme regulating the cultivation of medical marijuana.

This scheme would reduce the need for states and territories to set up individual schemes and ensure laws are consistent for growers.

“Allowing controlled cultivation locally will provide the critical “missing piece” for a sustainable legal supply of safe medicinal cannabis products for Australian patients in the future,” she said.

Related: MJA – Medical cannabis: time for clear thinking

There has been consultation with state and territory governments and law enforcement agencies over the past month,

“We want to not only ensure these legislative amendments are rock solid, but that we can all work together to pass them in a bipartisan fashion as quickly as possible,” Ms Ley said.

“The important point is legislative changes are drafted and we’ve hit the start button for change.”

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