BASIC AUSYTRALIAN CANNABIS LAW

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BASIC AUSYTRALIAN CANNABIS LAW

Post by AusmedcannabisADMIN on Sat Jun 25, 2016 5:58 pm

In Australia, drugs and poisons are grouped together in Schedules that require similar regulatory controls over their availability.

Cannabis is prohibited except when:

(a) when separately specified in these Schedules; or
(b) processed hemp fibre containing 0.1% or less of tetrahydrocannabinol and products manufactured from such fibre.

Cannabis is Schedule 9.

Prohibited Substance – Substances which may be abused or misused, the manufacture, possession, sale or use of which should be prohibited by law except when required for medical or scientific research, or for analytical, teaching or training purposes with approval of Commonwealth and/or State or Territory Health Authorities.
Nabiximols and Dronabinol are Schedule 8.

# NABIXIMOLS (botanical extract of Cannabis sativa which includes the following cannabinoids: tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol, cannabinol, cannabigerol, cannabichromene, cannabidiolic acid, tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, tetrahydrocannabivarol, and cannabidivarol, where tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol (in approximately equal proportions) comprise not less than 90 per cent of the total cannabinoid content) in a buccal spray for human therapeutic use.

# DRONABINOL (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) when prepared and packed for therapeutic use.

(# Additional controls) Poisons available only from or on the prescription or order of a medical practitioner authorised or approved by the Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing under section 19 of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.

Source: Poisons Standard 2012. http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2012L01200

In the USA, Cannabis is classified as Schedule I which is equivalent to Australia’s Schedule 9 or the most restrictive classification.

The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 is an international treaty to prohibit production and supply of specific (nominally narcotic) drugs and of drugs with similar effects except under licence for specific purposes, such as medical treatment and research.

The Single Convention repeatedly affirms the importance of medical use of controlled substances. The Preamble notes that “the medical use of narcotic drugs continues to be indispensable for the relief of pain and suffering and that adequate provision must be made to ensure the availability of narcotic drugs for such purposes”. Articles 1, 2, 4, 9, 12, 19, and 49 contain provisions relating to “medical and scientific” use of controlled substances. In almost all cases, parties are permitted to allow dispensation and use of controlled substances under a prescription, subject to record-keeping requirements and other restrictions.

Australian State laws on the possession, supply and cultivation of Cannabis vary from state to state.
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