10 Daily: Medical Cannabis clinics aren't enough to ease access and cost
Medicinal marijuana advocates have cautiously welcomed the opening of cannabis clinics in Australian cities, but warn they will do little to solve issues around access and cost for patients who benefit from the drug.
A company called Cannabis Access Clinics has opened locations in Sydney and Melbourne in recent months, with its Brisbane office launching this week.
The clinics are the first of their kind in Australia, aimed at helping patients navigate a confusing access system around the controversial and little-prescribed drug.
Currently, patients need approval from state and federal regulators to access medicinal cannabis products, and many have criticised the access avenues as complicated — even doctors report they aren’t sure how to prescribe the drug.
Experts estimate thousands of people across the country are self-medicating with cannabis products to treat conditions ranging from seizures to chronic pain, but only very small numbers — mostly terminally ill people or children with severe epilepsy — have been given approval to access the drug legally.
Cannabis advocates — including some who grow their own product to treat various ailments — have cautiously welcomed the expansion of the clinics, but said the businesses alone won’t fix a myriad of issues around access and affordability.
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