The Government has a 100-day commitment to introduce legislation to enable access to medicinal cannabis for people with a terminal illness or chronic pain.
A Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill is proposed to:
- introduce an exception and a statutory defence for terminally ill people to possess and use illicit cannabis,
- introduce provisions allowing regulations to be made for a medicinal cannabis scheme that enables access to products made to a quality standard in a timely way, and
- deschedule cannabidiol as a controlled drug.