Australian legislative overview
Australia became a signatory to The Convention in March 1961.
The cannabis industry has experienced rapid evolution over the last few years. Although there are a limited number of jurisdictions that have legalized cannabis for recreational use, others have legalized or decriminalized medicinal or wellness-related cannabis use and are reviewing the possibility of recreational legalization or decriminalization in the future.
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Canada has had several medical-use cannabis regimes since 2001 with the introduction of the Medical Marihuana Access Regulations.
Legalization of cannabis is a recurrent topic in France, which has reached a new milestone under the pressure of the changes underway in other European countries.
As demand for cannabis products continues to skyrocket, the cannabis industry worldwide has developed into a unique market that is independent, with controversial reputation and shifting legalities.
The Netherlands has been known for its distinctively tolerant policy on drugs.
Following a Constitutional Court judgement in September 2018, South Africa became the first African country to legally permit the private recreational use of cannabis.