Weed Week: Federal government takes steps to fast track medical marijuana licences


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The federal government has taken steps to cut red tape and speed up the granting of licences for Australia’s cannabis players.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said the federal government would boost the nation’s medicinal cannabis industry by prioritising projects that have been granted major project status.

A recently completed review of the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 recommended major congestion busting initiatives for medicinal cannabis cultivation, production and manufacturing that would apply to the whole sector.

Two proposed changes would simplify the administration of the medicinal cannabis scheme and remove impediments to developing the Australian medicinal cannabis industry.

Changes to the Narcotic Drugs Regulation 2016 would reduce the regulatory burden on

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