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WA MPs set to examine medicinal cannabis rules

The WA Government looks set to investigate issues around medicinal cannabis, amid concerns it is too hard to access.

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. 

“This isn’t about patient care, it’s about a political stand,” he said.

“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. 

“A doctor is going to prescribe a well-recognised effective drug over and against a socially popular … drug.”

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 recognised as well,” he said.

“It’s an open mind, it’s looking at the facts, it’s without any bias, and without any political favouritism.”

Australian Medical Association WA (AMA WA) President Mark Duncan-Smith has reservations about the use of medicinal cannabis

ABC South West WABy Georgia Loney
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