1. Who is eligible for the scheme?
NSW residents who are aged 18 years and over who have a terminal illness are eligible to be registered for the scheme.
For detailed information about eligibility, see the fact sheet for adults with a terminal illness and their carers.
2. How can I register for the scheme?
Information about registering for the scheme is available from the fact sheet for adults with a terminal illness and their carers.
3. What activities are covered by the scheme?
Registered adults with a terminal illness can:
- possess no more than the specified maximum amount of cannabis outlined in table 1.
- use cannabis at their usual place of residence or any domestic residence.
Registered carers can:
- possess no more than the maximum amount of cannabis outlined in table 1
- administer or supply cannabis to a registered adult at their usual place of residence, or any domestic residence.
Maximum amounts are listed in table 1 below.
Specified maximum amount
4. Will medical practitioners be prescribing cannabis?
Medical practitioners will not be ‘prescribing’ cannabis. They will only be certifying that adults have a terminal illness as defined by the scheme.
For more information on the role of NSW medical practitioners under the scheme, visit the fact sheet for NSW medical practitioners.
5. Where will eligible individuals source cannabis?
The scheme is being implemented to provide adults with terminal illness and their carers with greater peace of mind. In line with the existing situation, sourcing cannabis is a matter for adults with a terminal illness and their carers.
6. What happens if an adult with a terminal illness or their registered carer under the scheme is stopped by the NSW Police for supplying, possessing or using cannabis?
Police may ask to see a copy of your registration documentation. They may also verify your registration with the NSW Department of Justice.
7. Why won’t the scheme apply to people with other health conditions?
Cannabis is a harmful drug, particularly for young people. Because of this, at this time, the scheme only applies to adults with a terminal illness who use cannabis and/or cannabis products to alleviate their symptoms or carers who assist them.
8. How is the NSW Government supporting further research on cannabis for medicinal purposes?
The NSW Government is in discussions with other Australian jurisdictions, including the Commonwealth, to put the use of cannabis and/or cannabis products for medical conditions on the national research agenda.
9. Is the Government establishing clinical trials?
Yes. The NSW Government has announced funding for clinical trials to further explore the use of cannabis and/or cannabis products in providing relief for patients suffering from a range of debilitating or terminal illnesses.