Medicinal cannabis products are only available for specific patient groups under medical supervision.
For medicinal cannabis information for consumers and patients visit the Therapeutic Goods Administration Medicinal cannabis hub.
Domestic cultivation of medicinal cannabis will enable sufficient quantities of raw materials to be available to meet the needs of local manufacturers. It also ensures that quality control measures on medicinal cannabis-derived products can be enforced to protect patient safety.
It is important to note that cannabis cultivated for other purposes (other than for industrial hemp) remains illegal.
Amendments to the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 (ND Act), which came into effect on 24 December 2021, introduced a single licence model for regulating medicinal cannabis cultivation, production and/or manufacture activities.
A medicinal cannabis licence can authorise any or all of the following activities for medicinal or scientific purposes:
cultivation and/or production of cannabis plants, cannabis or cannabis resin
manufacture of a cannabis drug for one or more permitted supplies.
Among other issues, an applicant must satisfy the Office of Drug Control, which administers the ND Act, that it is a fit and proper person in order to be granted a licence.
The 'fit and proper person' test is applied to the applicant and to relevant business associates of applicants. This test involves consideration of a range of matters including criminal history, connections and associates, financial status, business history and capacity to comply with licensing requirements.
Before any activity under a licence can commence, the licensee will need to obtain a permit, which will set out the types and amount of cannabis plants, cannabis or cannabis resin that can be grown and/or produced, and the types and quantities of cannabis drug that can be manufactured, under a licence.
The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges First Nations peoples as the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to all Elders both past and present.