Medicinal Cannabis

In December 2014, the Attorney-General asked the Commission to report on options for changes to the law to allow people to be treated with medicinal cannabis in exceptional circumstances.

In March 2015 the Commission published an issues paper that identified two areas of investigation:

  • How to define the exceptional circumstances in which a person should be allowed to use medicinal cannabis
  • How the law could be amended to enable patients to obtain medicinal cannabis while continuing to prevent unauthorised access.

The Commission held nine public consultations in metropolitan and regional Victoria. 

99 submissions were received.

The Commission delivered its report to the Attorney-General by the due date of 31 August 2015, with 42 recommendations for changes to the law to allow people to be treated with medicinal cannabis in exceptional circumstances. The report was tabled in Parliament on 6 October 2015. For a summary of the recommendations, see the media release, 'Medicinal cannabis report published'.

The report and issues paper can be downloaded from the links below.

Implementation

On 6 October 2015 the Victorian Government announced that it fully accepted 40 of the Commission's recommendations and accepted two in principle. It announced that it would legalise access to medicinal cannabis in exceptional circumstances from 2017. Government media release: 'Medicinal cannabis to be legalised in Victoria'.

The Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill was introduced into Parliament on 8 December 2015.  It was passed by Parliament on 12 April 2016. 

 

Timeline

Current: Table in parliament

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Medicinal Cannabis: Report (pdf)

The Commission's report on medicinal cannabis was tabled in Parliament on 6 October 2015.  Download a pdf of the report from the link below....

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Medicinal Cannabis: Report (html)

The Commission's report on medicinal cannabis was tabled in Parliament on 6 October 2015.  Navigate the document using the menu on the right....

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Medicinal Cannabis: received submissions

The Commission received the following submissions in response to the issues paper for the medicinal cannabis reference. See the links below to the...

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Medicinal Cannabis - Issues Paper

Note that submissions have now closed.  Download the issues paper from the link at the bottom of this page.  The Victorian Government has asked the...

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Terms of reference - Medicinal cannabis

Matter referred to the Commission pursuant to section 5(1) of the Victorian Law Reform Commission Act 2000 by the Victorian Attorney-General, the Hon....

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