The Office of Medicinal Cannabis has been established within the Department of Health and Human Services and provides advice on access to medicinal cannabis in Victoria.
Changes to the Victorian medicinal cannabis framework
In January 2018 the Victorian Minister for Health announced the following changes to the Victorian medicinal cannabis framework, aimed at further improving accessibility for patients in need.
Victoria was the first Australian jurisdiction to commit to the establishment of legal medicinal cannabis pathways for patients in need. Victoria's leadership in this area has been an important catalyst for subsequent Commonwealth policy changes that now enable doctors to apply to prescribe medicinal cannabis products to their patients for any condition.
Therefore, in order to support patients and industry, and minimise red tape, Victoria will not be proceeding with a stand-alone medicinal cannabis regulatory scheme as set out in the The Access to Medicinal Cannabis Act 2016. As a result:
- Eligible patient groups will not be implemented - any patient with any medical condition can access medicinal cannabis where their doctor believes it is clinically appropriate and relevant approvals are in place.
- There will be no medicinal cannabis specific manufacturing licence scheme in Victoria. Medicinal Cannabis will be regulated under the existing Drugs and Poisons regulatory framework for scheduled substances.
- The Compassionate Access Scheme for seriously ill children with severe intractable epilepsy has been expanded until June 2020.
Visit the changes to the Victorian Medicinal Cannabis Framework section for more information on the changes.