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Medicinal cannabis

Cultivation, manufacture, importation and exportation of medicinal cannabis is tightly controlled by the Office of Drug Control (ODC), the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and local state and territories.

Medicinal cannabis for patients

Medicinal cannabis and products are only available for specific patient groups under medical supervision. Medical practitioners will only be authorised to prescribe medicinal cannabis products for conditions where there is satisfactory scientific evidence supporting such use.

For medicinal cannabis information for consumers and patients the first step is to visit the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Information about medicinal cannabis

The cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes is only permitted in Australia under the Commonwealth Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 (the Act). The Act does not support the cultivation of medicinal cannabis for personal use. Cultivation and importation of cannabis for recreational use is prohibited in Australia.

Australian Advisory Council on the Medicinal Use of Cannabis

The AACMC, also known simply as the Council, provides advice to the Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care on issues relating to the medicinal use of cannabis in accordance with the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 and the implementation of the regulatory scheme under the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967.


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