February 3 2021: Australia – Dan Tehan – Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment – introduces the narcotic drugs amendment (medicinal cannabis) bill 2021

Dan Tehan has just introduced the narcotic drugs amendment (medicinal cannabis) bill 2021, as Australia inches closer to a medical cannabis industry…..


Here’s the PDF of the first reading


Explanatory memorandum PDF


Here’s a reminder of the tabled report by Professor McMillan

5 September 2019

Late last year, Minister Greg Hunt appointed Professor John McMillan AO to conduct a Review and Report on the operation of the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 (the Act) in accordance with section 26A of the Act.

Professor McMillan’s Final Report on the Review of the Act was tabled in Parliament today, Thursday 5 September 2019.

The Final Report contains 26 recommendations to improve the regulatory framework for the cultivation, production and manufacture of medicinal cannabis in Australia. Minister Hunt has accepted all 26 recommendations put forward by Professor McMillan, which broadly aim to reduce the regulatory burden on industry, promote and allow greater flexibility in the administration of the legislation to support industry innovation and development.

A two stage reform process is proposed to be undertaken to ensure that the recommendations are appropriately implemented with some reforms being implemented as early as later this year. Further details on the implementation of these reforms will be published in due course.

Further details on the Review process are available: Review of the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967.

Review of the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 – Final Report

Professor John McMillan AO

10 July 2019

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