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Breaking News: Senate Overturns Unfair Restrictions On Medical Cannabis

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The Australian Senate has voted to successfully overturned the unfair restrictions on Medical Cannabis thereby lowering barriers for terminally ill patients to access medical cannabis, finally passing a Greens motion after a drawn-out and almost comical series of mistakes and backflips.

Greens leader and former doctor Richard Di Natale brought on a motion in May which would have changed the Therapeutic Goods and Other Legislation Amendment (Narcotic Drugs) Regulation 2016, to drop barriers to the importation of cannabis into Australia for terminally ill patients. Medical cannabis is currently very difficult to obtain in Australia, because while doctors can prescribe it for patients, the country does not have a readily available official supply.

In introducing the motion last month, Di Natale said it would allow the terminally ill to access medical cannabis through the TGA's special access scheme, and through personal importation.

In May, the vote ended at 32-32, after failing to secure the support of key crossbenchers Jacqui Lambie and One Nation. Lambie abstained from the vote, and Pauline Hanson and her One Nation colleagues voted against it, claiming they did not have enough information about it.

However, after Lambie protested on Tuesday, the motion was brought on again in the Senate. It was discussed, then voted on -- and after securing the support of Lambie and the four One Nation senators, as well as Labor, Derryn Hinch, Lucy Gichuhi and David Leyonhjelm, the motion passed 40-30.

The government had opposed the motion, claiming it would have opened the floodgates for other drugs, besides cannabis, to come into the country.


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