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Cultivation, manufacture, and wholesaling in Queensland

The cultivation, manufacture and wholesaling of medicinal cannabis products is tightly regulated by a combination of Commonwealth and Queensland Government schemes.

TGA standards

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) specifies that products supplied in Australia must meet the following:

These requirements will deliver consistent, contaminant-free and high-grade medicinal cannabis products, which is essential to ensure medical practitioners make reliable and safe prescribing and dosage decisions.

Cultivation

The Commonwealth Government has responsibility for regulating the cultivation, production, manufacture, importation and export of medicinal cannabis products and all licences and permits will be provided by the Office of Drug Control (ODC). Domestic cultivation is subject to strict security requirements, because of the high risk of raw cannabis plants being used for unlawful purposes.

Industrial cannabis (Cannabis sativa) production in Queensland is managed under Part 5B of the Drugs Misuse Act 1986 and Part 4 of the Drugs Misuse Regulation 1987. For more information on producing, processing and marketing industrial cannabis in Queensland contact the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or visit business.qld.gov.au.

Wholesale

The Commonwealth Government made legislative changes to allow for the bulk importation of medicinal cannabis products for therapeutic use in Australia. For further information about importation of medicinal cannabis product please see the Office of Drug Control’s website.

For an importer to be able to provide these products through a pharmacist or doctor in Queensland a wholesaling licence needs to be in place. In Queensland, medicinal cannabis wholesaling is regulated through the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996.

Please note this is NOT a requirement for wholesalers based in other Australian jurisdictions that will be providing products to Queensland based pharmacies and doctors.

What you need to know

You need to apply for a licence to manufacture and wholesale scheduled medicines in Queensland.

The following documents are provided to support the application process:

How to apply

You will need to submit an application form to manufacture and wholesale medicinal cannabis in Queensland.

Manufacture

To enable the manufacture of medicinal cannabis products in Queensland, 2 separate Commonwealth processes need to be completed simultaneously.

  1. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) specifies that products supplied in Australia have to meet Good Manufacturing Principles (GMP). A manufacturer will need to demonstrate they meet GMP and have established procedures to ensure therapeutic goods are of high quality, please refer to the Manufacture of medicinal cannabis for supply under 'approved access' provisions
  2. All persons interested in manufacturing narcotic drugs require a licence and permit to manufacture from the Office of Drug Control (ODC), please refer to the manufacturers section of the ODC's website.

As part of the process of gaining a licence in Queensland, the applicant will need to demonstrate that these processes have been commenced with an inspection of the facility to take place before a licence can be finalised.

Queensland Health will be notified of cultivation and manufacturing applications that are well progressed, so Queensland licencing processes can be coordinated and progressed in a timely manner. In the meantime, all enquiries should be forwarded to the Office of Drug Control.

How to apply

You will need to apply for a licence to manufacture and wholesale scheduled medicines in Queensland.

Last updated: 26 July 2019