21.5 C
Byron Shire
July 20, 2024

Excluding medicinal cannabis users from driving offences

Latest News

Mrs Elliot

It’s very unfortunate that Justine Elliot has so little confidence in herself or her party that she needs to...

Other News

Assange rocks

Julian Rocks that we see in the Byron Shire is just the tip of a much larger mass of...

Editorial – Bloatcorp under review

Those familiar with the NSW Reconstruction Authority, the agency tasked with flood recovery for the north coast (and disaster recovery for NSW), may be heartened to know that a review is underway of the Act that governs the government-run corporation.

Exploring the history of women in music

Following an overwhelming response from audiences and critics alike, Lady Sings The Blues is back with ‘Volume 2’, promising an even more exhilarating journey through the history of music as shaped by legendary women.

Macquarie Marshes under threat from mining

If it hasn't been hard enough protecting the Macquarie Marshes from drought because of the upstream cotton growers now farmers are faced with a new threat to this environmentally significant, Ramsar-listed area.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Grandpa Wars

It’s impossible to look at American politics right now without thinking WTF? In the blue corner there is the faltering, forgetful, and possibly demented Biden and in the red corner we have a vitriolic, revengeful, pussy-grabbing sociopathic, now-convicted felon who is Trump.

Keeping the Outback alive with patronage

We do love the sunburnt country on our wide brown land, but businesses are falling by the wayside as travellers bypass small towns, or worse, stop to spend a penny but not a few dollars.

In news that will make thousands who use medicinal cannabis breathe easier, a NSW Upper House committee is beginning its examination of a bill that seeks to change the Road Transport Act 2013.

The change would see the exclusion of medicinal cannabis users from offences related to driving under the influence of certain drugs – and members of the community are being invited to have their say.

The Road Transport Amendment (Medicinal Cannabis – Exemptions from Offences) Bill 2021 would change legislation that currently provides that a person using any prescribed illicit drug cannot drive a motor vehicle, occupy a driver’s seat or accompany a learner driver in a vehicle. If passed, the bill would exclude users of medicinal cannabis from the application of these offences while a prescribed illicit drug is present in their oral fluid, blood or urine. The Act already provides a defence for people using morphine.

Research on medicinal cannabis has grown substantially

The Chair of the Law and Justice Committee conducting the inquiry, the Hon Chris Rath MLC, said that research on medicinal cannabis has grown substantially in recent years, as has the use of it among people with health conditions, including under a legal licencing scheme in New South Wales where doctors can prescribe it for pain relief in certain circumstances.

The committee anticipates hearing a broad range of expert evidence and community views on the exemptions proposed by this bill. We will examine whether the changes in the bill are necessary and beneficial – and would welcome all views on this issue.’

The committee invites interested organisations and community members to make a submission to the inquiry via the submissions portal at www.bit.ly/bill-inquiry-submissions. Submissions are due by 1 May 2022.

A public hearing for inquiry

There will also be a public hearing for this inquiry, to be held in May 2022. A full schedule will be published on the inquiry’s webpage at www.bit.ly/medicinal-cannabis-exemptions closer to the time and, as with all parliamentary hearings, it will be streamed live via the Parliament’s website at www.bit.ly/webcastnsw.

The committee’s reporting date is 11 August 2022.

For more information about the inquiry, including the committee membership and the terms of reference, see www.bit.ly/medicinal-cannabis-exemptions.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. Let’s get some action on this injustice at long last !
    Hopefully the Senate C’tee will have a full hearing in Lismore with involvement by local people.

  2. if its not dangerous to drive with a prescription, then its also not dangerous to drive without a prescription, the piece of paper doesn’t magically change this.

    therefore this shows it was never about driver safety….

    does this also mean that all those people who were convicted of dui cannabis and possession of cannabis can get their convictions quashed, considering it was never really dangerous ?

  3. This has to change we do our bodies untold damage by using painkillers all the time and they still don’t work but we cannot take the medicinal cannabis oil as we need to drive


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Tikkun Olam

David Heilpern's brilliant article 'Zionism, antisemitism and Israel' stands in complete contrast to former Israeli defence minister Moshe Dayan's recommendation that, 'Israel must be...

Six slips sites, $5m and 42 weeks sees Bilambil – Urliup Road open

The 2022 floods saw the Tweed hinterland connection road between Bilambil and Urliup severely damaged with six slip sites. After more than two years...

Developer may destroy up to 1.5 million indigenous artefacts in Lismore

Land and Environment Court accepts Uncle Mickey Ryan as party to the case after Lismore Council fails to defend Aboriginal cultural heritage of North Lismore Plateau.

Tyagarah – changed overnight traffic conditions

From Monday, July 22 there will be changed traffic conditions on Tyagarah Creek Bridge on the Pacific Highway at Tyagarah to carry out essential maintenance.