Current barriers to patient access to medicinal cannabis in Australia

Palliative care Medicine Medicinal cannabis Australia

Over the past decade, there has been an increasing demand for access to medicinal cannabis by patients and their families. As the social and political debate intensified in the 2010s, Commonwealth, state and territory governments passed legislation to facilitate and regulate greater access to medicinal cannabis.

This report is comprised of five chapters:

  • Chapter 1¬†outlines the context and administration of the inquiry, and provides background information on medicinal cannabis and its regulatory framework;
  • Chapter 2 examines the range of issues related to the knowledge, attitudes and education of health professionals in relation to medicinal cannabis and its access for patients;
  • Chapter 3 discusses the adequacy of the current regulatory regime and its access pathways;
  • Chapter 4 focuses on product regulations and supply; and
  • Chapter 5 discusses other key barriers to patient access to medicinal cannabis, including costs of products, car driving regulations and issues related to reliance on the black market.
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