Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has thrown his support behind the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes. In a letter to talkback radio host Alan Jones, Mr Abbott wrote “I have no problem with the medical use of cannabis, just as I have no problem with the medical use of opiates…If a drug is needed for a […]

The Uniting Church in Western Australia (WA) voted in favor of changes to state law so doctors could prescribe medicinal cannabis, which would be administered under supervision. Uniting Church WA acting general secretary, Rosemary Hudson Miller, said some attendees to the meeting shared personal experiences, describing how loved ones with chronic or terminal illnesses had […]

In what could become an Australian-first, if successful, a law legalizing cannabis for medical use by the terminally ill or those suffering chronic pain is being proposed in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Highlights: The ACT will consider a proposal decriminalizing medicinal cannabis use  It would allow cannabis use among terminally ill and chronic pain […]

A United Nations report on drug use said that New Zealanders and Australians are the biggest users of cannabis in the world. It is estimated that between 9 percent and 14 percent of the population in New Zealand and Australia use cannabis. The estimated annual use worldwide of cannabis is between about 3 percent and […]

One of Australia’s largest nursing unions has taken the significant and potentially controversial step of supporting the use and possession of medical cannabis. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA), which has 59,000 members, said the drug could benefit patients suffering from chronic pain. Its 23-member executive committee has adopted a resolution backing recommendations from a […]