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Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2014

2013-2014

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2014

 

No.      , 2014

 

(Senators Di Natale, Macdonald, Leyonhjelm and Urquhart)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to establish the Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

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

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Objects of this Act.............................................................................. 2

4............ Simplified outline of this Act.............................................................. 3

5............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 3

6............ Extension to external Territories.......................................................... 6

7............ Act applies only in participating States and Territories........................ 6

8............ Relationship with State and Territory laws.......................................... 6

9............ Act to bind Crown.............................................................................. 6

10.......... Arrangements with participating States and Territories....................... 7

Part 2—Medicinal cannabis                                                                                              8

Division 1—Simplified outline                                                                                   8

11.......... Simplified outline................................................................................ 8

Division 2—Regulated medicinal cannabis products                                    9

12.......... Register of regulated medicinal cannabis products.............................. 9

13.......... Registration......................................................................................... 9

14.......... Removal or variation of entries in the register of regulated medicinal cannabis        10

15.......... Cannabis products............................................................................. 10

Division 3—Medicinal cannabis licensing scheme                                        11

16.......... Medicinal cannabis licensing scheme................................................ 11

17.......... Offence of failing to comply with a condition of a medicinal licence 12

18.......... Register of medicinal licences........................................................... 12

Division 4—Authorised patients and carers scheme                                  13

19.......... Authorised patients and carers scheme.............................................. 13

Division 5—Experimental cannabis licensing scheme                               14

20.......... Experimental cannabis licensing scheme........................................... 14

21.......... Offence of failing to comply with a condition of an experimental licence 15

22.......... Register of experimental licences...................................................... 15

Division 6—Medicinal cannabis standards                                                      16

23.......... Determination of standards............................................................... 16

Division 7—Import and export licensing scheme                                         18

24.......... Import and export licensing scheme.................................................. 18

25.......... Offence of failing to comply with a condition of an import licence or an export licence           18

26.......... Register of import licences and export licences................................. 19

Part 3—Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis                                                            20

Division 1—Simplified outline                                                                                 20

27.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 20

Division 2—Establishment, functions and powers of the regulator    21

28.......... Establishment.................................................................................... 21

29.......... Constitution....................................................................................... 21

30.......... Functions and powers....................................................................... 21

31.......... Independence of the regulator........................................................... 23

32.......... Minister may give directions to the regulator.................................... 23

33.......... The regulator has privileges and immunities of the Crown............... 23

Division 3—Appointment of members                                                               24

34.......... Appointment..................................................................................... 24

35.......... Term of appointment......................................................................... 24

36.......... Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 25

37.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 25

38.......... Outside employment......................................................................... 25

39.......... Disclosure of interests to the Minister............................................... 25

40.......... Other terms and conditions............................................................... 26

41.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 26

42.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 26

43.......... Acting appointments......................................................................... 27

Division 4—Procedures of the regulator                                                          28

Subdivision A—Meetings                                                                                        28

44.......... Times and places of meetings............................................................ 28

45.......... Conduct of meetings......................................................................... 28

46.......... Disclosure of interests....................................................................... 29

Subdivision B—Decisions without meetings                                                       30

47.......... Decisions without meetings.............................................................. 30

48.......... Record of decisions........................................................................... 30

Division 5—Chief Executive Officer                                                                   31

49.......... Chief Executive Officer..................................................................... 31

50.......... Functions and powers of the Chief Executive Officer....................... 31

Division 6—Staff and persons assisting the regulator                               32

51.......... Staff.................................................................................................. 32

52.......... Persons assisting the regulator.......................................................... 32

53.......... Consultants....................................................................................... 32

Part 4—Monitoring and investigation powers                                                    33

Division 1—Simplified outline                                                                                 33

54.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 33

Division 2—Monitoring and investigation powers                                       34

55.......... Authorised officers........................................................................... 34

56.......... Monitoring powers........................................................................... 34

57.......... Investigation powers......................................................................... 36

Part 5—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        39

58.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 39

59.......... Reviewable decisions........................................................................ 39

60.......... Application for review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal....... 40

61.......... Delegation......................................................................................... 40

62.......... Protection from criminal or civil actions............................................ 41

63.......... Rule-making power........................................................................... 41

 



A Bill for an Act to establish the Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis, and for related purposes

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