Legal action brought by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) against Montu Group for alleged advertising breaches will go before the courts for the first time next month.

A case management hearing into the claims against Montu, its Alternaleaf subsidiary and managing director Christopher Strauch has been set for June 7 at the Federal Court in Melbourne.

It will be heard by Justice John Snaden.

The TGA has alleged that Montu, Alternaleaf and Strauch unlawfully advertised medicinal cannabis on websites and social media platforms on multiple occasions since 2o22.

The company has also been accused of advertising medicinal cannabis to the public through a website it launched for Medicinal Cannabis Awareness Week 2023 and via a light projection from its Cannaverse education platform in Sydney for this year’s MCAW.

Documents lodged with the court show Montu faces 226 alleged offences, many of which contain multiple claims of advertising breaches.

Montu has said it will “vigorously defend” the action.

Steve has reported for a number of consumer and B2B titles over a journalism career spanning more than three decades. He is a regulator contributor to health journal, The Medical Republic, writing on...

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