Queensland patients could have access to medicinal marijuana in 2016, according to Health Minister Cameron Dick.
Noting that the community is increasingly in support of medicinal marijuana, Mr Dick has confirmed that a plan to legalise it in Queensland is on the table.
The substance would be used to relieve symptoms in those suffering from epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and terminal illness.
Proposed legislation, to be put before State Parliament in coming weeks, is expected to strike a balance between the needs of patients and the need to administer the drug safely.
Mr Dick said the legislation could be passed by Parliament within six months, meaning a scheme could be up and running by the end of 2016.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has said she hopes the bill will have bipartisan support, but the opposition has indicated they will need to see a discussion paper on the benefits of medical cannabis before they can support the bill.
The Federal Government introduced legislation to allow for the cultivation of medicinal cannabis in Australia earlier this month, and New South Wales has already established a medicinal marijuana scheme for patients with a terminal illness.
The New South Wales scheme requires patients to be over the age of 18 to register. They must have the support of a medical doctor.
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