Medicinal cannabis

The Victorian Medicinal Cannabis Industry Development Plan sets out government actions to support the state's emerging medicinal cannabis industry.

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Agriculture Victoria can provide limited technical advice about cultivating medicinal cannabis for Victorian cultivators where it relates to:

  • licensing proprietary genetics
  • genotyping and chemotyping of plant strains
  • compliance management
  • cannabinoid analytical services

Information can be requested by contacting Agriculture Victoria's Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or email medicinal.cannabis@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

Read the Minister's media release.

Cultivation and manufacturing licencing

In October 2016, the Commonwealth Government started a national licensing scheme for the cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis.

This scheme is administered by the Commonwealth Office of Drug Control, who issue licenses for the cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis under the Narcotics Drugs Act 1967.

A medicinal cannabis licence authorises the licence holder to cultivate or produce medicinal cannabis, or both.

  • Cultivate means growing cannabis plants
  • Produce means to harvest cannabis and cannabis resin

The Office of Drug Control must be satisfied that the cultivation of cannabis is for supply to either a person or organisation licenced to manufacture medicinal cannabis products, or to a person or organisation licensed to produce cannabis.

The Commonwealth Office of Drug Control also issues licenses for the manufacture of medicinal cannabis under the Narcotics Drugs Act 1967. Manufacturers may also require a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) licence from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

More information about cultivation licences can be found on Office of Drug Control or call (02) 6232 8433.

Information on the costs involved in the cultivation of medicinal cannabis can be found in an independent report, Modelling the cost of Medicinal Cannabis, commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Health in 2016.

For further information about medicinal cannabis manufacturing licenses, please visit Office of Drug Control.

For further information about TGA requirements, please visit the TGA website.

Patient access

Legal access to medicinal cannabis products is possible through the Special Access Scheme or Authorised Prescriber Scheme administered by the Commonwealth Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

More information is available on the TGA website.

Further information for patients in Victoria is available on health.vic.

Government supply of medicinal cannabis to Victorian patients

Agriculture Victoria is working with the Office of Medicinal Cannabis, Department of Health and Human Services to produce medicinal cannabis for children in Victoria with severe, intractable epilepsy.

Agriculture Victoria is cultivating and manufacturing a medicinal cannabis extract. This activity is occurring at a world-class, purpose built cultivation and manufacturing facility in Victoria, involving some of Australia's leading research scientists, and cutting-edge research tools such as genome mapping.

The Victorian Government has fast tracked access to an imported product for a small number of critically ill children, to provide access while Victoria develops a local product and while a local industry is established.

Industrial hemp for fibre and food

Agriculture Victoria is responsible for issuing licenses to authorise the cultivation and processing of low-THC cannabis (industrial hemp) for non-therapeutic (non-medicinal) purposes in Victoria.

Low-THC industrial hemp is grown and processed in Victoria for:

  • fibre
  • use in cosmetics
  • food.
Page last updated: 09 Jul 2020