There have not too long ago been a series of developments advancing the Australian medicinal cannabis market.
Crucial developments include things like suggestions place forward by Professor John McMillan AO aimed at lowering the regulatory burden on the medicinal cannabis market, the Australian Capital Territory legalising possession of up to 50 grams of cannabis for an person more than 18 years of age and permitting the cultivation of up to 4 cannabis plants (excluding artificial cultivation), and the Australian Government announcing it will be investing AU$three million into the market for analysis.
The Australian Federal Government has a totally established cannabis production and manufacturing regulatory regime. The Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 (Cth) (ND Act) establishes a licence and permit scheme to regulate the cultivation, production and manufacture of medicinal cannabis. The scheme permits sufferers and medical doctors to access a legal domestic supply of cannabis for medicinal use. The ND Act provides impact to Australia’s obligations beneath the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961 as in force from time to time.
Considering that legislation came into impact on 30 October 2016 to permit the legal cultivation, production and manufacturing of healthcare cannabis goods in Australia, there have been a series of developments advancing the Australian medicinal cannabis market.
Crucial developments include things like:
- Permitting the export of Australian manufactured medicinal cannabis goods, topic to nearby demand.
- The introduction of new legislation in Queensland (revoking the Public Well being (Medicinal Cannabis) Act 2016 (Qld)) to simplify the approach for sufferers and medical doctors to access medicinal cannabis.
- On five September 2019, Professor John McMillan AO’s Final Report (Final Report) on the operation of the ND Act was tabled in Parliament. Minister Hunt has accepted all 26 suggestions place forward by Professor McMillan which are mostly aimed at lowering the regulatory burden on the medicinal cannabis market. Notably, Professor McMillan recommends replacing the existing 3 licence structure in the ND Act with a single licence structure. This will demand substantial legislative and administrative alterations.
- On 25 September 2019, the Australian Capital Territory passed the Drugs of Dependence (Private Cannabis Use) Amendment Bill 2018 which amends the Drugs of Dependence Act 1989 (ACT) and the Criminal Code 2002 (ACT) to legalise possession of up to 50 grams of cannabis for an person more than 18 years of age and permit the cultivation of up to 4 cannabis plants (excluding artificial cultivation).
- On six October 2019, the Australian Government announced it will be investing AU$three million to examine the added benefits of medicinal cannabis to handle discomfort, symptoms and side effects in cancer sufferers. The outcomes of these research will considerably help overall health pros in the prescription of medicinal cannabis goods. Commonly, cannabis goods are prescribed for therapy indications such as chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, neuropathic discomfort, epilepsy and cancer discomfort. Nevertheless, there is at present lack of details on dose response and adverse events from the use of medicinal cannabis goods.
In the quick term, it is anticipated some of the reforms arising from the Final Report will be implemented at the finish of this year.
A unique challenge more than the course of the subsequent couple of years will be on establishing a streamlined approach for provide of medicinal cannabis each at a Commonwealth and State level to stay clear of unnecessary administrative burden for manufactures and suppliers.