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Australian Cannabis Agency Bill 2018

2016-2017-2018

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australian Cannabis Agency Bill 2018

 

No.      , 2018

 

(Senator Di Natale)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to establish the Australian Cannabis Agency, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Simplified outline of this Act.............................................................. 2

4............ Act binds the Crown ........................................................................... 3

5............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 4

Part 2—Constitutional provisions                                                                                 6

6............ Application only within Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory           6

7............ Exclusion of Territory laws................................................................. 6

8............ Relationship with other Commonwealth laws..................................... 6

Part 3—Australian Cannabis Agency                                                                        7

9............ Establishment of the Australian Cannabis Agency.............................. 7

10.......... Functions of the Cannabis Agency..................................................... 7

11.......... Recreational cannabis price-setting function........................................ 7

12.......... Powers of the Cannabis Agency......................................................... 8

13.......... Cannabis Agency does not have privileges and immunities of the Crown               8

Part 4—Cannabis Agency Board                                                                                  9

Division 1—Establishment and functions                                                            9

14.......... The Board........................................................................................... 9

15.......... Functions of the Board........................................................................ 9

Division 2—Board members                                                                                    10

16.......... Membership...................................................................................... 10

17.......... Appointment..................................................................................... 10

18.......... Acting appointments......................................................................... 10

19.......... Remuneration.................................................................................... 11

20.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 12

21.......... Disclosure of interests to the Minister............................................... 12

22.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 12

23.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 12

24.......... Other terms and conditions............................................................... 13

Division 3—Meetings of the Board                                                                      14

25.......... Convening meetings.......................................................................... 14

26.......... Presiding at meetings........................................................................ 14

27.......... Quorum............................................................................................. 14

28.......... Voting at meetings............................................................................ 14

29.......... Conduct of meetings......................................................................... 15

30.......... Minutes............................................................................................. 15

31.......... Decisions without meetings.............................................................. 15

32.......... Disclosure of interests to the Board.................................................. 16

Part 5—Cannabis Agency CEO and staff                                                             17

33.......... Chief Executive Officer..................................................................... 17

34.......... Appointment..................................................................................... 17

35.......... Acting appointments......................................................................... 17

36.......... Remuneration.................................................................................... 17

37.......... Other paid work................................................................................ 18

38.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 18

39.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 18

40.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 18

41.......... Staff.................................................................................................. 19

Part 6—Cannabis licences                                                                                               20

Division 1—Cannabis production licence                                                         20

42.......... Application for cannabis production licence...................................... 20

43.......... Cannabis Agency must decide whether to grant cannabis production licence           20

44.......... Cannabis Agency may impose licence conditions............................. 20

45.......... Cannabis production licence subject to conditions............................ 21

46.......... Matters to be specified in a cannabis production licence................... 21

Division 2—Cannabis distribution licence                                                        22

47.......... Application for cannabis distribution licence..................................... 22

48.......... Cannabis Agency must decide whether to grant cannabis distribution licence          22

49.......... Cannabis Agency may impose licence conditions............................. 22

50.......... Cannabis distribution licence subject to conditions........................... 23

51.......... Matters to be specified in a cannabis distribution licence.................. 23

Division 3—Other matters                                                                                        24

52.......... Renewal of cannabis licence.............................................................. 24

53.......... Revocation of cannabis licence.......................................................... 24

54.......... Basis on which cannabis licences granted......................................... 24

Part 7—Offences and civil penalties relating to cannabis                            26

55.......... Physical elements of offences........................................................... 26

56.......... Unlicensed production of recreational cannabis................................ 26

57.......... Unlicensed distribution of recreational cannabis where person possesses 7 or more plants     27

57A....... Unlicensed sale etc. of recreational cannabis where person possesses fewer than 7 plants      28

58.......... Breach of cannabis licence condition................................................. 28

Part 8—Enforcement of civil penalty provisions                                               30

59.......... Appointment of authorised officers................................................... 30

60.......... Monitoring powers........................................................................... 30

61.......... Investigation powers......................................................................... 31

62.......... Civil penalty provisions.................................................................... 32

63.......... Infringement notice s.......................................................................... 33

64.......... Injunctions........................................................................................ 34

Part 9—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        35

65.......... Review of decisions by Administrative Appeals Tribunal................ 35

66.......... Rules................................................................................................. 35

67.......... Independent review........................................................................... 35

 



A Bill for an Act to establish the Australian Cannabis Agency, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts: