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The WA Government looks set to investigate issues around medicinal cannabis, amid concerns it is too hard to access.Buy Weed Online Sydney
- WA government supports select committee into medicinal cannabis
- It would explore issues around availability and affordability
- Benefits and risks of industrial hemp industry will also be explored
Advocates for pharmaceutical cannabis products say many patients are struggling to find GPs willing to prescribe it, despite medicinal cannabis being legal in WA since 2016.
The Legalise Cannabis Party has been calling for a select committee to investigate the prescription, availability and affordability of medicinal access to the drug.
The State Government confirmed it was working with the micro-party – which has two Upper House MPs – to look at medicinal cannabis and commercial opportunities for industrial hemp products.
Legalise Cannabis WA’s Dr Brian Walker said few doctors were willing to prescribe the drug.
‘Limited’ scientific evidence
The Department of Health website states that the scientific basis for using medicinal cannabis is limited, and may be useful treating certain childhood epilepsies, pain associated with multiple sclerosis, chronic pain and relieving chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting.
The Australian Medical Association of WA’s president Dr Mark Duncan-Smith said he was concerned the issue was being politicized, and could “validate” people’s decision to use cannabis illegally.
“This isn’t about patient care, it’s about a political stand,” he said. Buy Weed Online Perth
“From a doctor’s point of view what we support is a proper investigation into medicinal cannabis for its clinical indications, how safe it is, how effective it is.
“Let’s see the evidence that … more people should be prescribing it.”
Dr Duncan-Smith said that there were better, more effective, and more evidence-based drugs than pharmaceutical cannabis.
Legalise Cannabis WA’s Brian Walker said it would be an unbiased committee that would include Labor and Nationals MPs.
“I’m very much a proponent of cannabis, but if the committee produces evidence which suggests that my point of view is wrong, then this must be recognized as well,” he said.
“It’s an open mind, it’s looking at the facts, it’s without any bias, and without any political favoritism.”