Nar­cotic Act re­view

Pharmacy Daily - - News -

HEALTH Min­is­ter Greg Hunt has ap­pointed Pro­fes­sor John McMil­lan to re­view and re­port on the oper­a­tion of the Nar­cotics Drug Act 1967.

The Act es­tab­lishes a frame­work to both pre­vent abuse and di­ver­sion of con­trolled nar­cotics and to en­sure the avail­abil­ity of such drugs for med­i­cal and re­search pur­poses.

In Oct 2016 the Act was also ex­tended to pro­vide for the reg­u­la­tion of cannabis cul­ti­va­tion and pro­duc­tion in Aus­tralia “to en­able a sustainable sup­ply of safe medic­i­nal cannabis prod­ucts for ther­a­peu­tic pur­pose”.

The re­view is re­quired as soon as pos­si­ble af­ter the sec­ond an­niver­sary of the com­mence­ment of the 2016 amend­ments, with a re­port to be tabled in Par­lia­ment by 29 Oct 2019.

Hunt said a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion process would form part of the re­view, and this is ex­pected to com­mence early next year.

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