Doctors to start prescribing medical marijuana in NSW

STARTING tomorrow, doctors across New South Wales will be able to begin legally prescribing medical marijuana to their patients.

The Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Amendment Regulation 2016 comes into effect tomorrow, which will enable doctors to prescribe cannabis-based medicines to patients who have exhausted the standard treatment options.

But, medical professionals will have to get approval from both the Commonwealth Therapeutic Goods Administration and NSW Health before they can start handing out prescriptions for unregistered cannabis products.


So far in NSW, cannabis-based medicines have only been available to patients enrolled in clinical trials. The products have shown great results in patients suffering from severe epilepsy and chronic illnesses.

Previously, patients were forced to break the law and source cannabis oil and medicinal products on the black market.

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