Some Victorians with serious medical conditions want to use medicinal cannabis to relieve their pain and treat their conditions, but currently cannot do so legally.
Prior to the 2014 election, the Victorian Government committed to providing Victorian patients in exceptional circumstances with access to medicinal cannabis.
This reform will help relieve the pain and suffering of many Victorians, including children, by providing them with safe, secure and legal access to medicinal cannabis.
On 12 April 2016, the Victorian Government's Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2015 was passed by the Victorian Parliament, beginning the process of enabling patients to access medicinal cannabis. This legislation establishes the legal framework for Victorian patients to access locally produced cannabis products with appropriate clinical oversight.
This is a complex reform that will take time. It is vital that this is considered thoroughly, to ensure that medicinal cannabis is produced safely and securely.
Cultivation of medicinal cannabis
The Commonwealth Government has recently passed legislative amendments to create a single national licensing scheme for the cultivation of medicinal cannabis. Licences to cultivate medicinal cannabis will be a Commonwealth Government responsibility. Commonwealth licences are not yet available.
Victoria is working closely with the Commonwealth to ensure that any Commonwealth national cultivation licensing system is integrated with Victoria's medicinal cannabis scheme.
For more information about cultivation licenses, visit the Commonwealth Department of Health website.
Manufacture of medicinal cannabis products
Licences to manufacture medicinal cannabis products are expected to be required from both the Victorian and Commonwealth governments. These licences are also not yet available.
Government cultivation trial
The Victorian Government will be conducting a small scale cultivation trial for research purposes. The Government is not seeking assistance for this trial, but will continue to work closely with industry as this reform develops.
For further information about the cultivation or manufacturing of medicinal cannabis, please visit the Commonwealth Department of Health website and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website.
You can also contact and the Victorian medicinal cannabis taskforce at firstname.lastname@example.org.