This report completes the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s review of law reform options that would allow people in Victoria to be treated with medicinal cannabis in exceptional circumstances.
This report completes the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s review of law reform options that would allow people in Victoria to be treated with medicinal cannabis in exceptional circumstances. The Victorian Government has made clear its intention to change the law to this effect, and the Commission has explored how it could be done, in accordance with terms of reference provided by the Attorney-General on 19 December 2014.
The terms of reference call for the Commission not only to review how Victorian legislation could be amended, but also to consider its interaction with Commonwealth law and functions and international conventions. In addition, they extend to an examination of how a medicinal cannabis scheme could operate. The Commission was asked to examine prescribing practices, eligibility criteria, the role of doctors, the regulation of manufacture and distribution, and which forms of medicinal cannabis should be permitted.
The Commission published an issues paper in March 2015, based on its analysis of the current law and research into the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes overseas, and called for submissions. It then held a series of consultations in Melbourne and regional centres with members of the public, health and legal professionals and government officials. It consulted by telephone with regulators and others involved with medicinal cannabis schemes in other countries and, as required by the terms of reference, convened panels of medical and regulatory experts.