At around noon on Thursday, a jury found renowned medicinal cannabis practitioner Dr Andrew Katelaris not guilty on a number of very serious charges relating to the supply and manufacture of cannabis medicines. Representing himself in court, Dr Katelaris argued a defence of medical necessity, meaning that his patients’ needs were so dire that it was necessary for him to break the law, so he could provide them with life-saving cannabis medicine. This is a victory not only for
Cannabis was decriminalised in the ACT in 1992 -- but Labor MP Michael Pettersson said that means people are getting caught out. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Possessing up to 50 grams of cannabis or four marijuana plants for personal use could soon be legal in the Australian Capital Territory.
A private members bill to legalise cannabis for personal use has the unanimous support of the capital's Labor minority government and only requires one extra vote from either the Greens,
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Weed’s legal forays began in the medical space as a way to treat chronic pain and anxiety, among other conditions. Today, with the drug showing positive effects on an ever-expanding litany of ailments from epilepsy to cancer, there’s also growing research showing that there are specific constituents in cannabis which may have a profound impact on controlling the addictive effects of opioids, and possibly serving as a treatment for opioid dependence and withdrawal. Steven Lavi
Labor backbencher Michael Pettersson.Credit:Jamila Toderas
ACT Labor backbencher Michael Pettersson will try to push through laws to legalise cannabis for personal use next sitting week, claiming overwhelming support for his bill. But there are question marks over the legal barriers to enacting the bill, with concerns it could be overridden by Commonwealth laws.
Mr Pettersson said he would introduce the bill the next sitting week after making technical amendments based on
Photo: The Reason Party is proposing to legalise recreational cannabis by 2020. (Supplied: Sharon McCutcheon) Buying and smoking cannabis would be legal in Victoria within the next two years under an ambitious new policy pitch from the Reason Party.
Reason Party MP Fiona Patten wants to legalise recreational cannabis in Victoria by 2020
The policy would save Victorians $204 million, according to the Parliamentary Budget Office
The major parties are unlikely t