Australian medical cannabis laws get the chop.

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Aministration has announced that on November 1, 2016, cannabis is going to be listed in the Poisons schedule as a medicine.

"The change to the Poisons Standard will amend the existing Schedule 9 entries, and create Schedule 8 entries for cannabis and tetrahydrocannabinols for human therapeutic use." Final Decision on Scheduling of Cannabis and Tetrahydrocannabinols: Frequently asked questions. Scheduling changes for cannabis and tetrahydrocannabinols
31 August 2016
Source: TGA website.

A new Commonwealth body called the Office of Drug Control has also been formed.

"The Office of Drug Control (ODC), which is part of the Health Products Regulation Group of the Department of Health, regulates and provides advice on the import, export and manufacture of controlled drugs, as well as the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes to support Australia's obligations under International Drug Conventions." Commonwealth Office of Drug Control.
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Sept. 3, 2016

This is an exciting and welcome development for the sick Australians in need of an effective and proven medicine.

Further reading : Scheduling delegate's final decisions: Cannabis and Tetrahydrocannabinols, March 2016
Presentation: Medicinal cannabis - what's happening? TGA presentations: ARCS Scientific Congress Canberra, 10-11 August 2016

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