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WA State Government to fast-track medicinal cannabis prescriptions

Date posted: 31 May 2017

The Western Australian (WA) State Government will fast track the availability of medicinal cannabis for people in pain, the terminally ill and those suffering a chronic condition.

WA Premier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Roger Cook will convene a meeting of medical leaders in June to discuss the best way forward to encourage doctors to prescribe the drug. 

'I've met many Western Australians along the way who will benefit by having their doctor be able to prescribe them medicinal cannabis. I want to make sure that medical professionals and the wider community are fully aware of what is now possible,' said Premier McGowan.

Since November 2016, cannabis-based products could be legally prescribed under strict regulations.

Mr McGowan conceded some doctors did not support medicinal cannabis, but there were thousands of patients who wanted it.

Australian Cannabis supplier, AusCann, was granted a licence to grow medicinal cannabis in WA at a secret location.

However, an Israeli medicinal cannabis start-up was one of the most recent cannabis research firms to list on the Australian Stock Exchange.

The firm has set up its Australian headquaters in Perth, WA. the firm produces synthetic RNA products with many of the medicinal benefits of cannabis, without containing a trace of an actual cannabis plant.

Sources: ABC News, Fairfax Media

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Last updated: 6 June 2017
 
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