A government inquiry into The Road Transport Amendment (Medicinal Cannabis — Exemptions from Offences) Bill 2021 has progressed to the submissions stage in New South Wales.

NSW Greens MP Cate Faehrmann

NSW Greens MP Cate Faehrmann introduced the bill to the Legislative Council late last year.

It provides an exemption from a drug-driving offence if an individual has been prescribed and used a medicinal cannabis product in accordance with the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 or a corresponding act of another state or territory. 

Users of prescribed medicinal cannabis currently risk being charged with a drug-driving offence if THC is detected in their system during a roadside drug test.

In November 2021, the bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Law and Justice to conduct an inquiry which commenced this week.

To lodge a submission, click here.

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