The Parliament of Australia passed the landmark Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill 2016 on 24 February 2016 to allow the controlled cultivation of cannabis for medicinal and related scientific research purposes in Australia through one national scheme.

Cannabis legally cultivated in Australia under this legislation may be manufactured into products for research, clinical trials or to be used by patients in accordance with the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.

The licensing and regulation of cultivation in Australia is overseen by the Office of Drug Control within the Australian Government Department of Health to ensure compliance with our international obligations under the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961.

The combination of an Australian Government licence and permit system controls the quantities and strains of cannabis that can be cultivated. The permit system also allows the Australian Government to meet its reporting obligations to the International Narcotics Control Board.

Further information about the legislation is available from the Australian Government’s Office of Drug Control or you can contact the Office directly here.