Australia has made become the first entire continent to legalize marijuana, after their Parliament took a vote on Wednesday.Australia, with a population of around 23 million has followed several states in the U.S. and decided to decriminalize the use of marijuana.
The amendments were made to their Narcotic Drugs Act,which means legal cannabis farms and the distribution of marijuana products will have to governments go-ahead.
Sussan Ley, the Minister of Health, said in a statement“This is a historic day for Australia and the many advocates who have fought long and hard to challenge the stigma around medicinal cannabis products so genuine patients are no longer treated as criminals,” she went on “This is the missing piece in a patient’s treatment journey, and [we] will now see seamless access to locally produced medicinal cannabis products from farm to pharmacy.”
The details have not been finalized just yet, but it is thought within the next few months patients with a prescription for medical marijuana will be allowed to start growing their crops.
This is a huge leap for supporters of legalized marijuana across the world, and hopefully now other continents such as North America and Europe will do the same.