A proposal by the Greens to create a nationwide amnesty from criminal prosecution for medicinal cannabis patients growing at home has been voted down in the Senate, while One Nation’s call for the medicine to be listed on the PBS also failed.

An amendment to the Narcotic Drugs (Licence Charges) Amendment Bill 2022 moved by Greens NSW Senator David Shoebridge cited the Senate Inquiry into barriers to patient access and its conclusion that “the significant costs associated with accessing medicinal cannabis legally are causing a large number of Australians to purchase or grow illicit cannabis for self-medication”.

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