New legislation introduced in Australia introduces key amendments to the federal Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 to decriminalise the use and supply of medicinal cannabis.The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in 2017 rescheduled certain medicinal cannabis products to schedule 8 of the Poisons Standard, making the prescription of medicinal cannabis legal in Australia.
To access medical cannabis, patients must ask their doctors or specialists about the possibility of using medicinal cannabis for their illness. If a patient is eligible, the medical practitioner may make an application to the government for access to medicinal cannabis.
Doctors must apply for approval from both the Commonwealth Therapeutic Goods Administration and the State Health Department before they can prescribe an unregistered cannabis-based product.
Medical Cannabis Access Clinics
There are access clinics across Australia doing great work to help connect patients with GPs and medical cannabis.
As a first step, you should talk to your regular GP about using medicinal cannabis as a treatment. If your condition is new, your GP will likely recommend conventional treatments before exploring medicinal cannabis as an option.
If your GP is interested in exploring medicinal cannabis as a possible treatment but unsure of the process, they can
- Submit an enquiry to an access clinics to help forward the process
- Refer patients to a doctor with medicinal cannabis expertise at a nearby clinic, or
- Refer patients to a doctor who provides tele-health consultations
Our team is currently working on sourcing information of trusted access clinics and services for the Australian community. This page, and our homepage, will be updated once the information is ready for the public.
If you are an access clinic or service, please contact us to be included on our website.
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