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NSW Health blocks woman's access to medicinal cannabis despite federal government approval


LOSING HOPE: Les McLean fears NSW Health is making it harder for regional patients like his wife Kathy to access medicinal cannabis. Picture: Tumut and Adelong Times A family are at their wits' end after NSW Health twice rejected their application for medicinal cannabis, despite having already been granted federal approval for the drug. Kathy McLean, 69, suffers from Lewy Body dementia, a debilitating brain disorder that causes her extreme pain and anxiety. Kathy was granted federal approval to use medicinal cannabis by the Therapeutic Goods Administration in September, however, NSW Health are continuing to block her access to the much-needed drug. Lex McLean, Kathy's husband and full-time carer, said he fears the state government is making it harder for regional families to access the drug. "In our rejection letter, one of the reasons they gave for blocking Kathy's access to the drug was that we live in Tumut but our spec