Licences for the cultivation and production of medicinal cannabis

Page last updated: 15 March 2017

The Narcotic Drugs Act 1967, administered by the Office of Drug Control (ODC) within the Department of Health, enables a licence and permit scheme to regulate the cultivation and production of medicinal cannabis. The scheme allows patients and doctors to access a legal domestic source of cannabis for medicinal use.


The ODC is accepting licence applications from individuals or businesses to cultivate cannabis for either medicinal purposes or to conduct medicinal cannabis related research and has started granting licences. It will be some time though before domestically produced products are available.

Application forms and guidance materials for licences and permits are available via the ODC website.

To support access to medicinal cannabis while the domestic cultivation and manufacture scheme comes online, the Department of Health has agreed to allow import of medicinal cannabis products in anticipation of patient prescriptions. This does not change the requirement for patients to obtain a prescription through the Special Access Scheme Category B or Authorised Prescriber pathways, but does decrease the time required to subsequently obtain the product.