Cannabis in Australia: You Better Run (to It)

On February 1, the over-the-counter sale of CBD products became legal in Australia, following a schedule adjustment in December by the country’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Products must still be approved by the TGA and be included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). The daily dose must not exceed 150 mg.

At the time of the TGA announcement there were no CBD products that met the criteria for over the counter sales, though an increase in the number of applications for inclusion in the ARTG was expected in the wake of the TGA’s announcement. At the moment, only one cannabis product (nabiximols) is approved by the TGA. However, unapproved products can still be obtained with a doctor’s prescription, and this is true of products containing THC as well.

Regulation of medical cannabis varies according to the state or territory. In Tasmania, for instance, a doctor may only prescribe cannabis when conventional treatment has failed, a limitation that is not present in other Australian jurisdictions.

As for recreational cannabis, the legal framework across the country is generally prohibitionist. The most liberal regime is found in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), where it is lawful to possess up to 50

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