The Australian government has approved the sale of medicinal cannabis also known as marijuana, amid the global debate on the medical capability of the latter to cure special illnesses.
According to local report, it is expected that the first store of the imported drug will be available in eight weeks in the said country.
Last week, the first license for private cultivation in Australia was also issued, an indication of continuos penetration of cannabis in the country’s medical field.
Greg Hunt, Australia’s health minister, said the medication is currently sourced on a case-by-case basis and is often delayed.
In an interview with local media, Hunt said the move has meant that there would be enough to meet demand.
With the government approval, it means Australians who suffers with chronic pain will now be able to access medicinal cannabis more quickly under the changes being introduced by the Turnbull government.
Hunt announced on Wednesday that approved importers will be able to buy the medication from overseas and store it in the said nation or immediate distribution until domestic production meets local needs.
The move will make it easier for patients who now must wait for the product to be imported once prescribed an authorized doctor.
‘What this means is that there will be a supply to meet all Australian demand,Hunt told local radio network.
Hunt also added that local production was only legalized late 2016 and will take time to develop.