Schedule 8 cannabis medicines must be stored separately and securely, as is required for any Schedule 8 medicine. All current cannabis medicines are Schedule 8 other than those that are Schedule 4 cannabidiol only.

In a retail pharmacy or hospital pharmacy, a Schedule 8 medicine that requires refrigeration may be kept in a refrigerator rather than a safe if all of the following requirements are met:
 
  • the refrigerator must be in a room (which includes a part of a room or an enclosure) to which the public does not have access,
  • the refrigerator, or any cupboard or receptacle in which the refrigerator is kept, must be securely attached to a part of the premises,
  • the refrigerator, or the room, cupboard or receptacle in which the refrigerator is kept, must be kept securely locked when not in immediate use,
  • a device (including a key) that is used to securely lock anything under this subclause must:
    • be kept on the person of a pharmacist who is at the premises, or
    • be securely locked in a safe that can be unlocked only by a pharmacist,
  • a code or combination that is used to securely lock anything under this subclause must not be disclosed to any person who is not a pharmacist,
  • the refrigerator must not be used to store any other item that is not a substance listed in Schedule 2, 3, 4 or 8 of the Poisons List or is not a therapeutic good.
Page Updated: Tuesday 24 September 2019
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