© iStock/bubaone Lana Lakofski of L&M Law provides an insight into the current legal status of medicinal cannabis products in Australia. The legal framework around medicinal cannabis products in Australia is unfolding and remains tightly restricted. Australia’s regulatory bodies have complex laws, rules and criteria which must be followed regarding licensing requirements to set up a cannabis facility and also for patient access to medicinal cannabis. Broadly, the law in Australia has two main components: Component one – licensing and permits Regulated and administered by the Office of Drug Control (ODC) in conjunction with the The Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 (Cth) (the ND Act) contains the legal framework for the licensing and permit scheme to regulate cannabis cultivation, production and manufacture for medicinal and scientific purposes. The ND Act restricts the cultivation, manufacture, supply and use of narcotic drugs in accordance with international obligations to act against drug abuse. […]