Legislation to allow for the cultivation of cannabis in Australia for medical or scientific purposes has been passed by the federal government. This involved an amendment to the Narcotics Drugs Act 1967 and will allow for cultivation through a national licensing scheme.
The Narcotic Drug Amendment Bill 2016 provides a legislative framework that will permit cannabis cultivation in Australia for medicinal and related research purposes. The legislation also ensures that when the cultivation, production and manufacture of cannabis begin, Australia will remain compliant with its international obligations.
The Commonwealth will control all regulatory aspects of the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes through one national scheme. Manufacture will be a joint responsibility between the Commonwealth and the states and territories. Access to any cannabis products manufactured under the scheme will also be a joint responsibility, with supply being controlled by provisions under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 working in tandem with state and territory drugs and poisons legislation.