Current driving laws, surrounding cannabis, are extremely prohibitive to its use in medical practice. Many patients don’t want to proceed due to risking their licence or their independence. The mere presence of THC, and not any associated impairment, is flatly discriminatory and stigmatises an emerging therapy.
The government implements Australia-wide uniform drug driving laws to allow for a complete defence to the presence of THC in a driver’s oral fluid or blood when:
- The driver has a valid doctor’s prescription for a medicine containing THC;
- The offence does not involve dangerous or reckless driving; and
- An officer cannot establish driver impairment.