In a bid to treat a plethora of serious medical illnesses, the Victorian state of Australia is preparing to grow marijuana, according to reports.
Victoria's state government would announce a cannabis "cultivation trial", which would allow for a medicinal cannabis oil industry to be based in the state.
AdvertisementThe government promised that it would legalize cannabis oil to treat chronic pain for sufferers of cancer, Dravet Syndrome, HIV/ AIDS, glaucoma and Parkinson's disease, ahead of the 2014 state election.
Media reported that cabinet ministers would meet in coming days to consider recommendations from a Victorian Law Reform Commission report, which outlines legal, medicinal, regulatory and jurisdictional hurdles the government must overcome to begin the trial.
"The government is preparing a detailed response and we will have more to say soon," Victoria's Health Minister Jill Hennessey told Media. "The government has been clear from the outset that we are committed to legalizing medicinal cannabis in exceptional circumstances, and we are getting on with delivering on our commitment to do so," the minister added.