Medicinal cannabis

Medical cannabis

Current barriers to patient access to medicinal cannabis in Australia

This report recommends that Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) review and improve its online resources for health professionals relating to the regulations and processes for prescribing medicinal cannabis through the Special Access Scheme and Authorised Prescriber pathways.

Cannabis: how it affects our health

This report summarises the current research evidence on the health impacts of cannabis and cannabinoids to assist these communities in considering the opportunities and risks associated with cannabis use.
Discussion paper

Medicinal Cannabis Scheme: public consultation document

The Ministry of Health has opened public consultation on the proposals for the medicinal cannabis regulations needed to support the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme.
Briefing paper

Medicinal cannabis policies and practices around the world

In recent years, there has been a clear shift in the global drug policy debate, particularly on cannabis. This paper aims to enhance understanding of the state of reforms and their potential, as well as offer some general recommendations in an effort to improve public...

Marijuana legalisation in the United States: an Australian perspective

This paper outlines the regulatory requirements of different U.S states for managing medicinal and recreational marijuana use, and the costs and benefits of these measures.

Medicinal cannabis harvested in Victoria to be distributed nation-wide

Victoria's first legal crop of cannabis has just been harvested for medicinal use. The state has been manufacturing the drug at a secret location and is still putting it through the testing phase. While patients in Victoria wait for access, NSW parliamentarians have been debating...
Audio interview

Victoria on track to treat child epilepsy sufferers with medicinal cannabis by 2017

The Victorian government says it's on track to treat child sufferers of epilepsy with medicinal cannabis by next year. Several other states are conducting similar trials, but only the Victorians are cultivating their own product.
Journal article

Medicinal cannabis in Australia: the missing links

Cultivation of cannabis for medicinal or scientific purposes needs considered management before it is rolled out as a therapeutic good. Since the publication in the Journal last year of a perspective on cannabis that stated: “Australia is behind the times on the medicinal use of...

Medicinal cannabis: report

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. Introduction
Briefing paper

Medicinal cannabis: issues paper

Provides background information about the benefits and risks of using cannabis for medicinal purposes, the experience of other countries that allow people to use it, and the interconnecting Commonwealth and Victorian laws that could be affected if Victoria introduces its own scheme. Summary There are...