Update: Export of Australian cultivated and manufactured medicinal cannabis products
From June 2017, the Office of Drug Control (ODC) sought comment from interested parties on the export of Australian cultivated and manufactured medicinal cannabis products.
The consultation process included seeking written submissions, holding two industry seminars on the regulatory scheme (including discussing the proposal for export) and hosting over a dozen private industry meetings on narcotic drug licencing and export related issues. Written submissions closed on the 21 July 2017.
Over 40 written submissions were received from a variety of private companies (incorporating pharmaceutical manufacture companies, cultivators and manufacturers), professional associations, consultancies and individuals.
ODC would like to thank those who took the time to prepare a submission or meet with ODC and provide valuable comments and suggestions.
|Consultation question||Comments received|
|Should Australia allow the export of medicinal cannabis products?||
There was overwhelming support for allowing the export of medicinal cannabis products.
Some of the reasons provided justifying export included:
The small number of respondents who did not support export explained that this position reflected the importance of securing adequate supply for the domestic market first.
|How might domestic patient access be maintained?||
Responses around how domestic patient access might be maintained were varied; however, the most common themes were:
While outside of the scope of the discussion, other comments were provided outlining:
What will happen next
The outcomes of the consultation process will be put to government to decide the next steps. Possible outcomes might include:
- note the findings of the consultation process but take no further action,
- accept the findings and then seek to make changes to the Narcotic Drugs Regulation 2016, or
- accept the findings but defer any changes until a later date.
Enquiries should be directed via email to DCS@health.gov.au.