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Medicinal Cannabis in Australia

Click on a state to see it’s status.

WA

  • Access via TGA and state approval process
  • Prescribers – authorised specialist doctor
  • Limited medical conditions
  • CBD with <2% other cannabinoids does not require additional WA Health Dept approval

NT

  • Access via TGA process
  • Prescribers – Specialists. General practitioners can assist specialist with ongoing prescriptions
  • Notification to NT Chief Health Officer for treatment exceeding two months

QLD

  • Access via TGA single application
  • All medical specialists can apply to be a patient-class prescriber. Both specialists and general practitioners can apply to be a single-patient prescriber
  • Dispensing pharmacist requires approval
  • Paediatric compassionate access scheme

SA

  • Access via TGA and state approval process
  • Prescribers – Specialists and general practitioners with specialist support

NSW

  • Access via TGA single application
  • Prescribers – Specialists only. General practitioners with specialist support (SAS Category B only)
  • Paediatric compassionate access scheme

VIC

  • Access via TGA single application
  • Prescribers – Specialists. General practitioners may apply under exceptional circumstances
  • Paediatric compassionate access scheme

ACT

  • Prescribers – Specialists only. General practitioners with specialist support (SAS Category B only)
  • Dispensing pharmacist to seek TGA and the Office of Drug Control approval to obtain medicinal cannabis

TAS

  • Access via TGA and state approval process
  • Prescribers – Specialists only
  • Dispensed from Tasmanian hospital pharmacy

Australia

  • Legalised Nov 2016
  • Medicinal use only
  • Access via medical prescription
  • Limited domestic production
  • Can import/export

Search here to see how the rest of the world does it.

  • Australia
  • China
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Canada
  • Israel
  • United States of America
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
Australia

  • Legalised Nov 2016
  • Medicinal use only
  • Access via medical prescription
  • Limited domestic production
  • Can import/export

China

  • Not legal

Indonesia

  • Not legal

Japan

  • Not legal
  • Illegal for medical research

Canada

  • Legalised in 2001 (medicinal)
  • Legalised Oct 2018 (recreational)
  • Medicinal & recreational use
  • Access via medical prescription
  • Extensive domestic production
  • Can import/major exporter

Israel

  • Legalised in 1990’s
  • Medicinal use
  • Medical prescription
  • Extensive domestic production
  • Can import/export pending

United States of America

  • Federally illegal
  • 31 states legal/15 states CBD only
  • Doctor licenses patients to access
  • Domestic productions varies from state to state
  • No importation/exportation

Spain

  • First legal medicinal use 2005
  • Illegal in public spaces, legal for personal use only
  • Medicinal & recreational use
  • Legal to buy/sell seeds only
  • No importation/exportation

United Kingdom

  • Legalisation expected Autumn 2018
  • Extremely limited medicinal use via special approval
  • Access via medical prescription
  • No domestic production
  • Expected importation

Italy

  • Legalised Jan 2013
  • Medicinal use
  • Access via medical prescription
  • Government domestic production
  • Can import

Germany

  • Legal since March 2017
  • Medicinal use
  • Access via medical prescription
  • No domestic production yet
  • Can import

Netherlands

  • Legal since 2003
  • Medicinal use
  • Access via medical prescription
  • Significant domestic production
  • Can import/major exporter

New Zealand

  • Legalised Dec 2017
  • Medicinal use only
  • Access via medical prescription
  • No domestic production
  • Can import

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