Police opposition has dented immediate hopes in Victoria that medicinal cannabis patients could soon be free from prosecution if they test positive to random roadside drug tests.

But despite the setback, campaigners remain confident that driving law reform will still get across the line in the next few months.

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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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3 Comments

  1. Why should any law change discriminate against people medicating with cannabis without prescription? The prescription part is irrelevant and the change should just be all road user impairment.

  2. Yes let the police & others, should they develop cancer or other life-threating issues, see how they go & need to drive & manage pain to keep going or to work as well. The oil with cbd/thc is a life saver, get your head out of the sand on this one. Opioids will kill you if you get hooked on that stuff. We are talking medical cannabis here only. Thank you. Cheers to all.

  3. No surprises to hear PC Plod has no intention of negotiating better outcomes for medicinal cannabis patients. The law as it stands is so emblematic of Australian drug laws (if in doubt just prosecute everyone regardless of no evidence of impairment).

    I do wonder why the police are even at the negotiating table (slightly tongue in cheek as I type this) given their role is to implement the laws our legal system passes. By all means input where necessary, but they shouldn’t be able to block progress.