Australian state to grow cannabis for medical reason

Melbourne, Sep 11 (IANS) The Victorian state of Australia is preparing to grow marijuana in a bid to treat a plethora of serious medical illnesses, a media report said.

Victoria’s state government would announce a cannabis “cultivation trial”, which would allow for a medicinal cannabis oil industry to be based in the state, Xinhua reported on Friday quoting Fairfax Media.

The government promised that it would legalise cannabis oil to treat chronic pain for sufferers of cancer, Dravet Syndrome, HIV/ AIDS, glaucoma and Parkinson’s disease, ahead of the 2014 state election.

Fairfax Media reported that cabinet ministers would meet in coming days to consider recommendations from a Victorian Law Reform Commission report, which outlines legal, medicinal, regulatory and jurisdictional hurdles the government must overcome to begin the trial.

“The government is preparing a detailed response and we will have more to say soon,” Victoria’s Health Minister Jill Hennessey told Fairfax Media on Friday.

“The government has been clear from the outset that we are committed to legalising medicinal cannabis in exceptional circumstances, and we are getting on with delivering on our commitment to do so,” the minister added.

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