The government in Australia is set to amend the antiquated Narcotics Drugs Act of 1967 in order to permit the cultivation and consumption of cannabis for medical dedications.

Australia’s government officials claim the amendment to the Act will not violate their country’s international treaty consensus to the even more outmoded Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961.

Here’s what Australia’s Health Minister Sussan Ley said in a statement in regards to the reason her country’s government has decided to exercise compassion and legalize medicinal cannabis:

This Government is incredibly sympathetic to the suffering of those Australians with debilitating illnesses and we want to enable access to the most effective medical treatments available.

Although Australia’s resolve to legalize cannabis for medical purposes may be a win for those that could truly benefit from its plethora of medicinal attributes, Health Minister Ley was quick to point out that this announcement is not an invitation to commence a debate regarding legalizing cannabis for recreational consumption.

Here’s what Ley had to say:

Cannabis is classified as an illegal drug in Australia for recreational use and we have no plans to change that.

Geez, talk about a buzzkill.

Now, if we could just get the United States government to adopt a similar mindset in respect to those in need of medicinal weed here in “The land of the free.?.”

Don’t hold your breath.

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