Marijuana Laws by Country: Australia Medical Pot Set for Full Legalization

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Australia leaped the final hurdle for the legalization of medical marijuana Wednesday, nearly seven months after its Parliament passed amendments to its national drug laws. Long-brewing after a major grass-roots campaign, the use of the drug for medicinal purposes will be allowed beginning in November but will also be “strictly controlled,” according to the Canberra Times.

The nation’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) — in the same vein as the United States Food and Drug Administration — published its final decision. However, the federal government is still forming a regulation structure, the Times reported.

Back in February, Australia made changes to its Narcotic Drugs Act that allowed marijuana to be grown for both medicinal and scientific purposes, but the recreational remained outlawed.

The looser restrictions are a result of a long-running local activist campaign, led by Lucy Haslam, whose son Daniel died at 25 from terminal bowel cancer in February of last year and used marijuana for to help with pain and nausea, according to CNN.

After her son’s death, Haslam started United in Compassion, an advocacy group that petitioned Australia’s government to legalize marijuana.

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