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Medicinal Cannabis Compassionate Use Scheme

Medicinal Cannabis Compassionate Use Scheme (formerly the Terminal Illness Cannabis Scheme)

About the scheme

The NSW Government has developed the Medicinal Cannabis Compassionate Use Scheme (MCCUS), formerly known as the Terminal Illness Cannabis Scheme, to extend compassion to adults with a terminal illness.

The scheme provides guidelines for NSW police officers to help them determine the appropriate circumstances in which to use their discretion not to charge adults with terminal illness who use cannabis and/or cannabis products to alleviate their symptoms and carers who assist them.

NSW residents who are aged 18 years and over who have a terminal illness are eligible to register for the scheme.

To register for the scheme, adults with a terminal illness require a medical practitioner who is registered in Australia and involved in their ongoing care to certify that the person has a terminal illness as defined by the scheme. Each eligible adult may nominate up to 3 carers who will be registered under the scheme.