Commission reviewing medicinal cannabis laws

02 Feb 2015

The Victorian Law Reform Commission has begun its review of options for changes to Victorian law to allow people to be treated with medicinal cannabis in exceptional circumstances.

The scope of the review is determined by the terms of reference provided by the Attorney-General, the Hon Martin Pakula MP, on 19 December 2014. The Commission has not been asked to consider the general legalisation of cannabis. 

The Commission will report to Mr Pakula by 31 August 2015.

The Government has appointed Dr Ian Freckelton QC as a Commissioner to lead the review. Dr Freckelton is widely experienced in medico-legal and scientific matters.

The Commission is preparing an issues paper, to be published on its website in March. The issues paper will set out the current law and invite submissions on possible reforms. 

The Commission will consult widely with the community. A central issue is the definition of what properly constitutes ‘exceptional circumstances’ for treatment with medicinal cannabis.

The terms of reference and other information about the review are on the Commission’s website at 

People who want to be informed about the review and the upcoming issues paper can register their interest by sending their contact details to

Media contact: Nick Gadd, communications manager (03) 8608 7824 

Date published: 
02 Feb 2015

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