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Everything you need to know about medical cannabis

With the recent wholesale legalisation of medical cannabis in Canada, this controversial topic has become hotter than ever before. Here’s the latest on what’s legal, what’s not, and which way the wind is blowing.

GPs need more information and support
GPs need more information and support
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“Doctors in Australia can now prescribe medical cannabis to their patients, although rules are different in each state and territory. New Zealand has a slightly more restrictive framework than Australia but that is currently being reformed. It is not yet legal in any other Asia-Pacific nations,” says cannabis industry expert Mr Rhys Cohen.

He is also the Senior Project Officer at the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at The University of Sydney, who were behind a recent study which showed many doctors feel they don’t have enough knowledge in this area and most rate their level of knowledge of medical cannabis as poor.

This is despite 61.5 per cent of GPs having had at least one query regarding medical cannabis in the previous three months and 7.5 per cent having more than five queries. More than half of the GPs in the study agreed with the statement that medicinal cannabis should be available on prescription for certain indications.

“The numbers tell the story,” Cohen adds. “In Australia since 2016 we’ve had about 1500 people get access to these unregistered medicinal cannabis products. In Canada the number is 300,000 people and rising.”



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