The Victorian branch of the Australian Labor Party will seek to legalize the medical use of cannabis if it wins the election this November, according to the party’s leader Daniel Andrews.
Andrews plans to ask the Law Reform Commission to advise on how cannabis should be prescribed and regulated, with the goal of having a bill before Parliament by next year.
“I’ve spoken to many families with children who suffer forms of epilepsy, for instance, who have gone from having hundreds of seizures every day, to – once they’ve taken a liquid form of medical cannabis, a drop under the tongue – now suffer no seizures at all”, says Andrews, “You’ve got parents, and I’ve met some of them, who are put in this terrible position where they can do the right thing by their child, or they can obey the law. That’s not a choice that any parent should have to make.”
He says the bill will be about “saving lives”, and notes that “the time has come to modernise the law.”
Victoria is Australia’s most densely populated state, and its second most populous.