It has been announced that the NSW government will streamline the process for patients using medicinal cannabis.
Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt and NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard have today announced that there will now be a single application process through the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
This comes after patients previously had to wait for approval by the Commonwealth and NSW Health, as well as have a GP who is willing to prescribe the drug.
“A single approval process enables a focus on the world-leading clinical trials under the NSW Government’s $21 million invested into medicinal cannabis,” Mr Hazzard said.
Instead of waiting months, the process could be sped up to just 36 hours.
Medicinal cannabis was legalised in August 2016 for adults and children with approval. This is on the basis of compassionate grounds.
Examples of illnesses which medicinal cannabis is used to treat include epilepsy, brain tumours and cancer.
A Cannabis Medicines Advisory Service opened in Australia in January to assist doctors in education regarding the use of the drug in treatment.