WA’s medical marijuana case could be back before a Pilbara Court next month.
The Court of Appeal has adjourned a hearing on the matter until June 3.
In September, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that cannabis is legal in Australia under state and federal laws.
The CAS ruled that recreational cannabis is no longer a banned substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1996 and therefore medical cannabis can be administered without a prescription.
The issue of recreational cannabis has been one of the main issues in the court’s recent decisions on the Medical Cannabis Amendment (Regulation) Bill 2017.
In September 2016, the Supreme Court ruled that the medical use of cannabis was legal under the Commonwealth’s medical cannabis laws, and that the State Government could grant a licence to grow and cultivate medical cannabis.
A month later, the CAS upheld the decision and gave the State a legal opportunity to provide a licence.
The WA Government is now seeking a Supreme Court review of the CAS decision, which has been granted in an appeal.
The medical cannabis amendment bill, which passed Parliament on May 31, 2017, was amended to allow the State to provide cannabis to patients for medicinal purposes.
The bill also includes an amendment to the Medical Act to allow for the supply of cannabis to licensed cannabis producers.
Medical cannabis is currently available in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
In Western Australia, medicinal cannabis can only be supplied to patients with a diagnosis of a debilitating disease.
Medical marijuana is currently illegal in Queensland.
Queensland Health has said it is committed to providing patients with the medicinal benefits of cannabis.