A New South Wales parliamentary committee has unanimously recommended that the state government change laws to allow terminally ill patients and people with AIDS to use marijuana for medicinal purposes.

If adopted, the change would allow patients with specific medical conditions to possess and use up to 15 grams of dry cannabis or the equivalent amount of other cannabis products.

The recommendation comes after a parliamentary inquiry found cannabis had some value in the treatment of certain painful medical conditions, particularly those that do not respond to existing medications.

More to come.