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Can You Travel to Australia With Medical Cannabis?


If you live in one of the 28 American states that have legalized medical cannabis and are planning a trip Down Under to celebrate, you might be wondering about the state of Australia’s cannabis laws. Medical marijuana, as you may have heard, is federally legal in Australia now, albeit in a restricted scope. But can you travel to Australia with lawfully prescribed medical marijuana? It might depend on which Australian government department you ask. According to Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection, you do not need a permit to bring in most prescription medicines even if they contain a controlled substance—although you should carry your prescription. The department’s advice indicates some exceptions to that rule, including steroids and thalidomide, but doesn’t mention medical cannabis. Elsewhere, however, DIBP explicitly states that “marijuana and cannabis” are prohibited substances which cannot be brought into Australia. The Office of Drug Control has a different view