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Australian GP's reluctance to prescribe medical cannabis

The number of medicinal cannabis prescriptions has surged 300 per cent nation-wide in the past year.

More than a third of chronic pain sufferers have asked a GP about medical cannabis as a treatment option but many say they've faced reluctance, survey results show.

Doctors typically cite cost and a lack of knowledge about how to access the treatment, as the main reasons for their negativity, according to a nationwide poll conducted by Chronic Pain Australia.