Regulators fear a medicinal cannabis Wild West is breaking out

Almost 200 health practitioners have been subject to complaints about cannabis prescribing or dispensing.

‘Spiralling’ use of medicinal cannabis has prompted a rare joint meeting of Australian regulators, including AHPRA and the TGA, to tackle inappropriate cannabis prescribing. 

Doctors have prescribed cannabis to more than one million patients as of January 2024, AHPRA said, with the number of prescribers jumping to more than 5700.