Cannabis legalisation Australia: 'Exclusive' look at Victoria’s medicinal cannabis crop; Daniel Andrews promises life-saving treatment from 2017

By @ritwikroy1985 on
A production assistant inspects a Cannabis plant in a state-owned agricultural farm in Rovigo, about 60 km (40 miles) from Venice, September 22, 2014.
A production assistant inspects a Cannabis plant in a state-owned agricultural farm in Rovigo, about 60 km (40 miles) from Venice, September 22, 2014. Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

Victoria is taking giant strides to rollout medicinal cannabis as soon as possible so that parents do not have to see their children suffer. They won’t have to be in a situation where procuring cannabis would be illegal and they would have to see their children in pain. Victoria planted its first medicinal cannabis seeds in a top-secret location in April.

Now, Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews has posted photos on social media showing how the state-grown marijuana plants are growing. He has given Australians and the world the first look of the cannabis plants in full bloom. Andrews posted the photos on Friday and said that the crop, planted in April, will be ready for harvest in two months. It was Andrews who pushed Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2015 through Victorian Parliament.

“Here's an exclusive look at how our medicinal cannabis crop is progressing. Planted in April, it's been tested, sampled and will be ready to harvest in just two months' time. In 2017, we'll make this life-saving treatment available to the sick kids who need it most,” Andrews captioned the photos he posted on his Facebook account.

In April, Victoria became the first Australian state to legalise marijuana for medical use. The Bill will provide Victorian patients and their families a safe, secure and legal access to the plant under “exceptional circumstances.” The first group of patients eligible for access to the cannabis plant would be those having children with severe epilepsy. However, the drug will be provided only when other forms of treatments and medicines have failed to cure a child.

Andrews commented on his photos saying that the only testing happening to the cannabis crop is DNA testing. Andrews has promised access to the drug for medical treatment from 2017.

To keep the cannabis farm secure from unwanted infiltration, a huge commercial manufacturing scheme is expected to be setup next year. The facility will have highly-advanced security systems and the police chief commissioner will have the power to reject licence applications. Every seed in the glasshouse farm will be checked and tracked.

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