Improving Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2023

HANSON, Sen Pauline
Originating house
Before Senate
Parliament no

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Amends the Therapeutic Goods (Poisons Standard—February 2023) Instrument 2023 to amend the regulatory framework for medicinal cannabis by: re-scheduling medicinal cannabis, thereby allowing prescription by any medical practitioner; adopting a definition for cannabis as a regulated product that allows a higher level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); and allowing whole plant cannabis products with certain limits of THC and cannabidiol to be sold over the counter at a chemist or veterinary clinic to persons over 18 years of age.


Introduced and read a first time 09 Mar 2023
Second reading moved 09 Mar 2023
Second reading debate 22 Mar 2023

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Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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Text of bill

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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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