Prescribing medicinal cannabis
Any doctor or nurse practitioner in Victoria can prescribe medicinal cannabis for any patient with any condition, if they believe it is clinically appropriate to do so. However, Commonwealth and/or state approvals may be required before a prescription can be issued.
For nurse and medical practitioners seeking to prescribe a medicinal cannabis product not included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG), approval from the Commonwealth Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is required. This approval can be obtained through either the TGA's , or by becoming an .
From 28 February 2022, prescribers no longer require a Schedule 8 treatment permit from the Victorian Department of Health when prescribing a Schedule 8 medicinal cannabis product to non-drug dependent patients.
For drug-dependent patients, an application for a treatment permit can be madethrough the . Prescribers are still required to check SafeScript each time before prescribing any Schedule 8 medicinal cannabis products to any patient.
Visit the health professionals section for more information on prescribing medicinal cannabis.
Medicinal cannabis information for health professionals
Information about treatment applications, prescribing, and dispensing medicinal cannabis.
Information for patients and carers
Information about how to access medicinal cannabis for yourself or a person you care for.
Medicinal cannabis information for business and industry
Information for current and potential industry participants wanting to cultivate, manufacture, possess, sell or supply medicinal cannabis in Victoria.
Medicinal cannabis regulatory framework
A framework of Commonwealth and state legislation regulates medicinal cannabis cultivation, manufacture and supply in Victoria, and Australia.
Medicinal cannabis data and resources
Victorian medicinal cannabis approvals data, clinical guidance documents and other resources.
Reviewed 14 March 2022