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is growing marijuana legal in australia

Despite the risks, Mary said returning to conventional medication to treat her chronic conditions was not an option in her mind.

John said he grew cannabis outdoors between October and April and that since the new laws came into effect he felt like drug reform was moving in the right direction.

Canberrans using cannabis to cope with trauma

"Right around the world, jurisdictions at the national and sub-national level are having this debate, Australia is at the start of this journey," he said.

"I've definitely felt an uplift, like less of a burden on my shoulders as far as [being] a criminal, because this one plant does something good for me," he said.

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"Unfortunately the house that I went to just after that, I was sexually assaulted by a family member, and I've been sexually assaulted since as a grown man," he said.

Why not?

Even if you do want to grow cannabis to treat an illness, there is a strict set of rules around who is allowed to grow it. Growing licences from the government, will have a range of requirements associated with them, including a criminal history check, a suitable property for growing, appropriate security to prevent theft, and only certain strains will be allowed to be grown.

Sweet! So now I can swap the carrots growing in my backyard for cannabis?

The recent changes to cannabis cultivation laws have also caused some challenges for hemp growers who intend on supplying medicinal cannabis manufacturers and researchers, because anything classed as medicinal cannabis must now be grown in a glasshouse. Barry Lambert recently spoke about how the new laws will affect his ability to continue growing hemp, which he supplies to Sydney University to undertake research into cannabinoids. You can read more about the story here.

The production of cannabis in Australia is primarily intended to supply pharmaceutical preparations of the drug, so chemicals can be extracted from the plant in a controlled scientific setting. Its kind of like the situation we already have in Tasmania where tightly-controlled poppy farms produce opioids to create medicine. At this point, its not intended to be a situation like in the USA, where growers can supply dispensaries where the product is intended to be smoked or consumed with very little understanding of exactly what is in each dose.

But hasn’t it been legal to grow hemp in Australia for a while?

Not so fast. Before you grab the shovel and watering can, lets get this straight: no, you can t start growing and consuming your own marijuana in Australia it s still illegal.