QLD Repeals Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Act 2016
On April 3, the Queensland Government repealed the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Act 2016, and introduced new legislation with the aim of making access for patients more streamlined.
Queensland will soon join other states such as NSW and Victoria, which joined the Federal Governments streamlined portal application process last year.
The states new legislation treats medicinal cannabis the same as other drugs of addiction (schedule 8 medicines) or prescription drugs (schedule 4).
QLD Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said, “Our Government is committed to improving pathways for Queensland patients to access medicinal cannabis and this new legislation joins some of the most progressive laws in the country.
“This law change will significantly streamline the prescription process by removing state-level approval and will ensure patients have access to the treatment they need sooner.”
The TGA Portal provides a ‘one stop shop’ for medical professionals to submit one application under the Special Access Scheme, which is then sent to the TGA and state health departments (if required). Approvals are generally given within 48 hours, and since the Portal came online last year, the number of patients able to access medicinal cannabis is quickly increasing.
While there are still many issues with patient access to medicinal cannabis across the country, the reduction of these state barriers is a step in the right direction.