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What are medicinal cannabis products and what does it mean if they are ‘unapproved’?

The term ‘medicinal cannabis’ describes a range of cannabis preparations intended for therapeutic use, including:

  • – pharmaceutical cannabis preparations, such as oil, tinctures and other extracts
  • – untreated cannabis (raw and dried cannabis)
  • – cannabis resin (hashish), natural and synthetic cannabinoids

All medicines imported into, supplied in and exported from Australia must be entered in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG), unless special conditions apply. Any medicine not on the ARTG is considered an ‘unapproved therapeutic good’. Unapproved therapeutic goods can potentially be accessed using one of the access schemes administered by the TGA, including the SAS.