Cannabis is tightly controlled in Australia. The cultivation, production, import/export, possession, use and supply of cannabis and cannabis-derived products for medicinal or related scientific purposes are regulated by a number of national and/or state & territory laws.
Australia also has international obligations that it must meet under the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961.
The licensing and regulation of cultivation in Australia will be overseen by the Commonwealth Department of Health to ensure compliance with the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.
Medical practitioners in NSW can apply for authority to prescribe legally produced cannabis-based medicines.
Medicinal Cannabis Compassionate Use Scheme
The NSW Government has developed the Medicinal Cannabis Compassionate Use Scheme to extend compassion to adults with a terminal illness.