Canberra legalises cannabis for patients in trials

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 10 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1532
  1. Christopher Zinn, Australian correspondent
  1. Guardian.

    The use of cannabis for medical purposes has been legalised for the first time in Australia in the federal capital, Canberra, under controversial circumstances. Under a law passed by the Australian Capital Territory's assembly, patients suffering physical and psychological illnesses can smoke marijuana with the written authorisation of a doctor. Possession of up to 25 g and cultivation of up to five plants will no longer attract a penalty. Police have warned that Canberra will turn into a haven of drug abuse.

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