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The Strange History of Medicinal Cannabis in Australia

In early 2016 media both domestic and global reported that Australia had ‘legalised medical weed’.

What they were referring to was passage of the Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill in the Australian Parliament, achieved in almost record time and with cross-party support, on 24th February that year.

Such headlines though weren’t the entire story and nor did they predict what would follow: three years of bitter, often desperate struggle on the part of patients who felt they’d been badly deceived and Government many (including this author) believe acted only for show…