A committee of politicians appears set to endorse legislation to legalise medical marijuana.
Spearheaded by Greens leader Richard Di Natale , the Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill would make the federal government responsible for overseeing the production, distribution and use of the drug.
According to Fairfax media, the committee, which is made up of Coalition, Labor and crossbench senators will strongly recommend that Parliament pass a cross-party bill to set up a medical marijuana regulator.
Senator Di Natale introduced the bill , which was co-sponsored by Liberal senator Ian Macdonald, Labor senator Anne Urquhart, Australian Greens senator Richard di Natale and Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm, into parliament last November and it was sent to the committee.
Public hearings have been held around the country, and almost 200 public submissions have been received.
The committee is due to deliver its report on August 10.
What the legislation does
- Like laws overseeing the Tasmanian poppy industry, this bill sets up a similar system for the cultivation and production of cannabis for medical use and research.
- It sets up a Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis
- The regulator will make rules for licensing the production, manufacture, supply, use, experimental use and import and export of medicinal cannabis.
- Cannabis products include the flowers of the plant or any synthetic product derived from the plant.
- These products are regulated by this legislation, not the Therapeutic Goods Act.