Tabled in Parliament Date:
Although its use is illegal in Victoria, cannabis has frequently been used to alleviate certain medical symptoms. Patients who have used cannabis medicinally in this way have reported significant benefits, and many believe the laws prohibiting cannabis use ought to be changed to allow those with serious medical conditions access to the drug.
In December 2014, the Attorney-General asked the Commission to review the law to allow people to be treated with medicinal cannabis in exceptional circumstances.
The Commission’s March 2015 issues paper 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.
Our subsequent investigation drew on nine public consultations in metropolitan and regional Victoria and 99 public submissions.
The final report, delivered to the Attorney-General on 31 August 2015, made 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 and a summary of the recommendations are available in the media release, ‘Medicinal cannabis report published’.
The report and issues paper can be downloaded from the links below.
- Terms of reference received
- Submissions and consultations
- Submissions closed
- Final Report
- Tabled in parliament