Federal Parliament passes legislation for Medicinal Cannabis

Posted on: December 2, 2015

On 24 February 2016 Federal Parliament passed amendments to the Narcotic Drugs Act which will, for the first time, provide a pathway of legally-grown cannabis for the manufacture of suitable medicinal cannabis products in Australia.

Under this scheme, a patient with a valid prescription can possess and use a medicinal cannabis product manufactured from cannabis plants legally cultivated in Australia, where the supply is appropriately authorised under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 and relevant state and territory legislation.

Cancer Action Victoria welcomes these amendments which will enable cancer patients to have access to medicinal cannabis for pain relief.


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