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GPs prescribing cannabis could be just what the doctor ordered

For the vast majority of Australian patients, medicinal cannabis is little more than a pipe dream and part of the problem lies with the all-too-conservative approach that relies on specialist doctors.

Those seeking medicinal cannabis in Australia must navigate a cumbersome application process, which requires going to a specialist physician not a GP. The result is that patients either go without or continue to use illicitly sourced products of unknown composition and safety.

Australia's cumbersome application system makes it difficult for patients to access medicinal cannabis. Photo: Supplied