On Feb. 22, 2017, Australia’s Department of Health announced that providers approved by the Office of Drug Control will be allowed to import medical marijuana from approved international sources.
While Australia legalized medical marijuana on Feb. 26, 2016, the country didn’t approve the first license until Feb. 20, 2017, and that approval was for a cannabis research license, not a cultivation-specific license. Once cultivation licenses are issued, each license will be limited to roughly 5 acres of greenhouse cultivation space.
According to the DOH’s announcement, “Patients who have been prescribed medicinal cannabis by an authorised doctor will be able to source the medication from a company in Australia – rather than on an individual case by case basis from overseas which involves delays in importation.”
With the new importation policy effective immediately and the DOH having already reached out to several international producers, the department believes it should have imported medical cannabis in stock within eight weeks.