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Medicinal Cannabis Legislation Amendment (Securing Patient Access) Bill 2017

DI NATALE, Sen Richard
Originating house
Not Proceeding
Parliament no

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Amends the: Customs Act 1901 to: provide that prohibited goods intended to be used as medicinal cannabis products are, for the purpose of satisfying import conditions, taken to be drugs required for medical purposes; and provide that goods permitted to be supplied for the purposes stated in the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 for the Special Access Scheme Category-B, relating to clinical trials and authorised prescribers, will also be permitted to be supplied for the Special Access Scheme Category-A, relating to seriously ill patients with a condition from which death is reasonably likely to occur within a matter of months; and Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 to allow the secretary to grant a licence to manufacture medicinal cannabis if satisfied it is to be supplied to a seriously ill person in accordance with certain regulatory and notification requirements.


Introduced and read a first time 12 Sep 2017
Second reading moved 12 Sep 2017
Second reading debate 19 Oct 2017
Second reading agreed to 19 Oct 2017
Third reading agreed to 19 Oct 2017
House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 19 Oct 2017
Removed from the Notice Paper in accordance with (SO 42) 19 Jun 2018

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