Jorge Branco reports in the Brisbane Times (13.10.16) on new laws passed through Queensland's Parliament which will allow the state's doctors to prescribe the use of medicinal cannabis products for patients suffering debilitating medical conditions.
'Sick Queenslanders will have access to medicinal cannabis treatments after the passing of laws allowing doctors to apply to prescribe the drug on a much larger scale.
'The legislation, passed unanimously on Wednesday night, opened up a legitimate pathway for patients with certain types of illness to access the treatment.
'Regulatory changes introduced last year allowed individuals to apply for treatment but only one person had been approved to date.
'... The laws are expected to take effect within a few months but drug supply will still require approval from the federal Therapeutic Goods Administration.
'The bill, amended to largely reflect committee recommendations made earlier this month, also formalised the process for individuals to apply for cannabis treatment, replacing the regulatory change.
'The Lady Cilento Hospital is involved in a government-sponsored medicinal cannabis clinical trial.'