Legal access pathways

The NSW Government is strongly committed to an evidence-based approach to the use of all medicines, including cannabis-based medicines. We continue to support appropriately qualified medical practitioners to access legal, safe and effective pharmaceutical-grade cannabis medicines where they consider this to be an appropriate treatment option for their patient. In NSW, any doctor can legally prescribe a cannabis medicine for a health condition if they believe it is an appropriate treatment option for their patient and they have obtained the relevant authorities. It is not necessary to be referred to a 'cannabis clinic'.

The Australian Government’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) may approve the supply of unregistered cannabis medicines under the following pathways:

Individual patients cannot apply for approval to import and access unapproved cannabis medicines. Access can only be arranged through an Australian registered medical practitioner with appropriate qualifications and/or expertise for the medical condition requiring treatment. Approval or authorisation is granted on a case-by-case basis.