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Prescribing medicinal cannabis to patients immensely difficult, doctors say


A variety of medicinal marijuana buds in jars are pictured at Los Angeles Patients & Caregivers Group dispensary in West Hollywood, California U.S., October 18, 2016. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni Acquiring permission for prescribing medicinal cannabis to patients is proving to be immensely difficult for doctors. The State Government is facing intense pressure to adopt methods to make access to the drug easier. According to Adelaide Cancer Centre oncologist Brian Stein, the main hurdles doctors have to overcome include lack of data surrounding how much cannabis should be prescribed to individual cases and an inability to know exactly what doctors are prescribing. A “very keen” patient, who had approached the doctor to get a prescription of the drug, died before the paperwork could be completed. Stein could have become the second medical professional in South Australia to receive permission to treat a patient with medicinal cannabis if he was accredited under Special Access Scheme B. Earlier this