Australia aims to become world's top medicinal cannabis exporter

Build out of the growing facility is well advanced

The Federal Health Department said 350 patients have accessed Australian-grown medicinal cannabis products.

Only a small group of nations now allow medicinal marijuana exports, among them Canada, Uruguay, and the Netherlands, with Israel and some others planning to follow suit.

Australia could become the world's top supplier of medicinal cannabis - after the government announced it would legalise exports of the drug.

Regulations that now prevent exports of medicinal cannabis products will be changed once Parliament resumes in February.

ABC Australia reported Thursday that Greg Hunt, Minister for Health in the Australian federal government, is seeking make changes in current regulations on the export of medical marijuana products when parliament reopens next month.

Medicinal cannabis producers are on a high after the Australian government gave them approval to begin exports.

"The sector is fully supportive of that", he said. "Australian patients come first".

The announcement will go a long way to alleviating fears the country was heading for a medical cannabis glut, with the market becoming increasingly crowded and comparatively few Australians permitted to use medical cannabis.

"We want a robust Australian medicinal cannabis industry so that doctors have safe, quality domestic products that they can confidently prescribe to their patients", said Hunt.

The medicinal cannabis industry in Australia is now limited, but it's expected this move will see it expand significantly. But he assured they are working along with the College of Global Positioning System and Australian Medical Association to ensure that doctors have access to full information so they can ensure the best interest of patients.

Anthony Albanese, the opposition frontbencher, described the changes as a "sensible move forward" for Australia. But the government hopes domestic medicinal use, legalized a year ago, and exports will rapidly boost production.

"It is up to individual doctors - governments shouldn't interfere in the prescribing practices of individual doctors".

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