Patients suffering in cannabis roadblocks

WHEN medical cannabis became legal in Australia in 2017, you could be forgiven for thinking it would allow patients with a range of serious illnesses and chronic pain access to a medicine they felt could help them.

Cann Group chief executive Peter Crock

Cann Group chief executive Peter Crock

“That’s a reasonable assumption to make,” says Rhys Cohen, senior project officer from University of Sydney’s Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics. 

“And I think that’s the assumption many politicians have made as well. ‘OK, you know, we’ve fixed medical cannabis, what’s next’?”

The reality, though, is much different.

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