Today, Australian Parliament took a new step and legalized medicinal marijuana, allowing cannabis to now be grown for medical uses in the country.
“This is an historic day for Australia and the many advocates who have fought long and hard to challenge the stigma around medicinal cannabis products so genuine patients are no longer treated as criminals,” said Minister for Health Sussan Ley in a statement.
Medical marijuana is now legal to grow in Belgium, Australia, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay and certain states in the U.S. although this conflicts with federal laws.
The move in Australia to legalize the crop comes a year after 25-year-old Daniel Haslam, an Australian resident who used medical marijuana to ease his painful symptoms, lost his life to terminal bowel cancer. According to a report on CNN.com that printed Senator Richard Di Natale’s statement related to the issue, Daniel Haslam developed anticipatory nausea where just the thought of going to chemotherapy made him nauseous.
After losing much weight and being prepared to give up on chemo, medicinal marijuana was suggested to Haslam as a way to curb his nauseous symptoms.
The marijuana treatment was so effective, that his nausea settled and he was able to go for treatments.
Haslam’s case is just one of many, in which patients report relief from using medicinal marijuana to curb their symptoms. Medicinal marijuana is said to be used by some to treat everything from pain, to nausea to specific ailments like Parkinson’s Disease.
Naysayers claim that more scientific research is needed to see what the benefits of medicinal marijuana truly are.
Hopefully, legalization in another country will open the door to further studies.