Push for GPs to prescribe medicinal cannabis

GPs would prescribe and dispense medicinal cannabis under proposed legislation aimed at legalising the drug’s use for patients with severe chronic pain.

Preparing to present the bill to Federal Parliament next month, Greens Senator Dr Richard Di Natale said: “GPs need to be able to authorise its use whether it’s under standard or special prescription.”

The bill would outline a regulatory system covering every facet of a medicinal cannabis industry in Australia — from production, supply and distribution to monitoring its use, he said.

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