Parliament: Questions Kelly's Asked

Maintaining a Drivers Licence while using Medical Cannabis

The Hon. K.L. VINCENT: Supplementary question: is there scope for the minister to consider, or has the minister already considered, whether people who use medical cannabis might still be able to maintain a driver’s licence and have the right to drive a car, providing, of course, that the properties were such that it could be proven that they did not impact their driving skills?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Employment, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation, Minister for Automotive Transformation, Minister for Science and Information Economy): I thank the honourable member for her question. That was outside the remit of what we met about, which was particularly about the economic development opportunities. Those areas are portfolios that I am not directly responsible for, but I would be quite certain that if someone is affected by a drug that is detectable by a drug driving regime there will be no exceptions to that, and if there are detectable levels of any drug, the full force of the law will be applied.