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FOR – Narcotic Drugs (Licence Charges) Amendment Bill 2022 - Second Reading - Amnesty from criminal prosecution

The majority voted against an amendment to the usual second reading motion, which is "that the bill be read a second time". To read a bill for a second time is to agree with its main idea. This amendment was introduced by NSW Senator David Shoebridge (Greens).

Amendment text

At the end of the motion, add ", but the Senate:

(a) notes that:

(I) in 2020 the Community Affairs References Committee, as part of its inquiry into the current barriers to patient access to medicinal cannabis in Australia, concluded that 'the significant costs associated with accessing medicinal cannabis legally are causing a large number of Australians to purchase or grow illicit cannabis for self-medication', and

(ii) the committee recommended that the Government encourage a review of state and territory criminal legislation in relation to amnesties for the possession and/or cultivation of cannabis for genuine personal medicinal use; and

(b) calls on the Government to work with state and territory governments to develop a nationwide amnesty from criminal prosecution for people who have a legitimate medicinal cannabis prescription and are home growing cannabis for their personal use".


Date and time: 11:06 AM on 2022-11-24
Senator Pocock's vote: Aye
Total number of "aye" votes: 13
Total number of "no" votes: 31
Total number of abstentions: 32
Related bill: Narcotic Drugs (Licence Charges) Amendment Bill 2022

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