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.
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.