The Narcotic Drugs Amendment (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2021 was introduced to the Commonwealth Parliament on Wednesday (February 3rd).

If passed, it will make a number of changes to Australia’s commercial medicinal cannabis framework. Most notably:

• Replace the current three licence types (cultivation, manufacture and research) with a single licence.
• Remove licence expiry and renewal requirements, making them perpetual (unless revoked or surrendered).
• Shift some information requirements from the initial licence stage to the permit stage.
• Introduce a statement of purpose to the Narcotic Drugs Act clarifying that it is designed to “make medicinal cannabis products available for therapeutic purposes”.

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Rhys Cohen

As well as being editor-at-large at Cannabiz, Rhys is the director of Cannabis Consulting Australia, which provides commercial consulting services to various domestic and international cannabis companies....

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  1. I appeal to the Australian Government to make cannabis oil CBD available on the PBS. South Australia is always the last to accept the Bill. Make it that all States make it available ASAP. Paying $350 is too much for a small bottle which lasts a very short period of time.

    Those of us who have to live in pain due to not being able to afford it, and only getting it every so often and therefore putting up with the pain, is unacceptable.

    Lynne B