He said while it was helpful the ACT's recreational laws were providing some medicinal benefit to people, it was ultimately a Commonwealth responsibility to make further changes to medicinal cannabis laws.
He reiterated that the prescription and distribution of medicinal cannabis in Australia is managed through the federal Therapeutic Goods Administration.
"It was time to take our power back and grow for ourselves and produce our own medicine at a lower cost in a healthier way," she said.
Although growing up to two plants per person and four maximum per household is decriminalised in the ACT, using artificial lights still carries a maximum jail sentence of two years.
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"It's really tough emotionally to know that we're breaking the law to supply our own medicine," she said.
"[Cannabis has] a calming effect for me, it also helps with trauma and me dealing with past trauma," he said.
Labor backbencher Michael Pettersson introduced the new cannabis laws in 2018.
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Exceeding these limits incurs a simple cannabis offence in the form of a fine, and not a criminal charge.
"I'm just doing my thing, privately in my home, treating my medical conditions, and I'm breaking the law because of it, and it weighs really heavily on my mind."
Earlier in the year, the Federal Government made changes to the Narcotic Drugs Act of 1967, which allow cannabis to be cultivated legally in Australia. Following on from this, it was announced a site in northern New South Wales would be the first farm to produce cannabis for medicinal purposes.
What are the changes that have been made?
There are several reasons. First of all, you will need to be granted a licence from the Federal Government. The new legislation is only intended for cultivation of marijuana for medicinal purposes. That is, cannabis can only be grown in Australia under stringent guidelines, and even then, it can only be used to supply government-approved, fully licenced manufacturers.
But hasn’t it been legal to grow hemp in Australia for a while?
Since then, Victoria and New South Wales have been looking at how cannabis cultivation can be accommodated in each state. Victoria recently passed legislation allowing the manufacture, supply and access to medicinal cannabis, and then set about establishing a small cultivation trial. New South Wales received permission from the Federal Government to conduct cannabis cultivation research and start growing marijuana for medicinal purposes.
“Over world history in every jurisdiction around the world prohibition has failed as a policy prescription.
In September, last year the ACT became the first jurisdiction in Australia to pass legislation to legalise the personal use of cannabis.
New Zealand will hold a referendum in September on whether to legalise cannabis.
“The risk of schizophrenia doubles among people who use cannabis regularly, but we need to remember that those people already use so they're already at risk, they're still going to be using when it's illegal,” she said.
The Federal Government is opposed to the legalisation of cannabis and has previously warned ACT residents they would still be breaking Commonwealth law.
“All it does is enrich drug cartels so this sort of harm minimisation, health based, public health-based approach I think is entirely reasonable."
The Canberran public servant and has been using cannabis recreationally for the last few years.