GROUNDBREAKING developments in New South Wales this afternoon, as the state government announces plans to legalise the possession and use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.
The move will allow terminally-ill cancer patients to use the drug without the fear of being charged.
The announcement follows a long campaign to legalise medical cannabis by Daniel Haslem, 24, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2010 and told he had just months to live.
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He’s still with us today after taking the drug to ease his symptoms.
Daniel and his family managed to rake in close to 200,000 signatures on an online petition calling for a cannabis law reform.
On Tuesday morning, New South Wales Premier Mike Baird said police currently had discretionary powers to charge those caught will small amounts of cannabis, but will now be ordered to not charge anyone who produces a medical certificate.
New South Wales Opposition Leader John Robertson says he’d also support a bill to legalise medical use of marijuana.
It’s understood ways to regulate and supply the drug legally, possibly through hospitals or chemists, will be examined.
Read more at The Daily Telegraph.