At the end of October, while Americans were losing their minds over the election, Australia was legalizing marijuana on a federal level nationwide. From growing to manufacturing to selling, Australian citizens will now have more job opportunities and a potentially booming cannabis market, but what does “medical marijuana” mean in Australia?
For those interested in growing, a potential grower must not only have a clean record and a cushioned bank account in order to start legally growing, but they must pass the “fit and proper person” test; a test that looks into your associates, family members and friends to make sure you won’t be turning to the black market with your cannabis product. In addition to the test, potential growers also have to have a partnership with a manufacturer as proof of a stable business and none of this is even including the regulations that the actual cannabis has to meet; everything from growing to transporting to the types of strains will each have their own regulations that need to be followed.
For those interested in being medical marijuana consumers, there’s not nearly as much information on that yet. The only found requirements thus far are a medical condition that cannabis can treat and a valid subscription for whichever cannabis product is needed. As time goes on, regulations for medical marijuana patients will become more clear.
As of this point, regulations for growers and cannabis products are the main focus for Australia’s new Medical Marijuana law; creating a solid foundation for cannabis is of the utmost importance for Australia in order to create an efficient and conducive industry. There is no way of telling how it will pan out right now what with the multiple, strict regulations, but tackling it at the federal level first looks more promising than anything.