The legislation makes it legal for people suffering chronic or terminal illnesses to use cannabis for medical purposes. It would also permit the person, or their nominated persons, to grow cannabis plants for that purpose. It does not attempt to set up a system for selling or supplying cannabis to people, nor does it set up a system for quality control of cannabis.
In taking this step, this legislation attempts to give people who are suffering legal access to treatment, and through the process of decriminalisation it hopes to reduce the stigma attached to medical cannabis that is feared by many people who rely on cannabis treatment as the only way of relieving their pain or discomfort.
This approach is similar to approaches used for many years in Canada6 and several parts of the United States.