Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

  • defeated on 31 January 2018
4 Section 2 amended (Interpretation)


In section 2(1), insert in their appropriate alphabetical order:

medicinal cannabis means any form of cannabis referred to in this Act, including (without limitation) any cannabis plant, preparation, or derivative, that is cultivated, supplied, or possessed (as the case may be) solely in order that it may be used by a person with a qualifying health condition for therapeutic purposes

nominated support person means any person—


nominated by person A to cultivate, administer, supply, or possess medicinal cannabis for the purposes of person A’s lawful use in accordance with this section: and


whose name and other identifying details have been notified by person A to the medical practitioner who issued the supportive medical report

qualifying health condition includes—


any terminal illness: and


any severe chronic disorder of the immune or nervous system: and


chronic back or other pain: and


any other medical condition that a medical practitioner certifies may benefit from supplementary plant cannabinoids

supportive medical report means a report from a medical practitioner, containing all the prescribed information (if any), supporting a person with a qualifying health condition to use medicinal cannabis for therapeutic purposes

terminal illness means an illness that a medical practitioner certifies, in relation to a person with the illness, is likely to cause the death of the person within the following 6 months

therapeutic purpose has the same meaning as in section 4 of the Medicines Act 1981


In section 2(1), replace the definition of controlled drug with:

controlled drug means—


any substance, preparation, mixture, or article specified or described in Schedule 1, Schedule 2, or Schedule 3; and


includes any controlled drug analogue; but


does not include Cannabidiol (CBD)