Medicinal cannabis patients deserve to be treated equally.

In 2016, Victoria was the first state in Australia to legalise medicinal cannabis, and in doing so. the state provided relief for thousands of Victorians who suffering from a range of ailments and chronic pain and are seeking alternatives to highly-addictive opioids and benzodiazepines. 

And yet, Medicinal cannabis remains the only prescription medicine where patients can be fined for driving.

According to the Road Safety Act (1985), it is still an offence for a person to drive with any amount of THC in their system, including any amount of THC from medicinal cannabis. 

Studies show that THC can stay detectable in a patient’s bloodstream for many hours, days and weeks after the medicinal effects have worn off.

For the vast majority of medicinal cannabis users, this poses a problem – do they choose to take medication to make them feel well or should they drive?

That shouldn’t have to be a choice.

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Related Resources, Motions & Questions to Parliament

> Road Safety Amendment (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill (2023)
> Media Release
> Statement of Compatibility
> 1st Reading Speech by David Ettershank MP
> 2nd Reading Speech by David Ettershank MP
> 2nd Reading Speech by David Ettershank MP [text]
> Debate Resumed & Adjournment by Rachel Payne MP

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