JULY 24, 2018 - AUSTRALIA WANTS TO BE THE TOP MEDICAL MARIJUANA EXPORTER
Many Australians are
struggling to get access to legal medical cannabis, despite
government leaders suggesting the country could become the largest
exporter of the plant for medicinal use in the future.
Australia allows medical
marijuana in certain cases, but the application procedure is
long and tedious, according to national broadcaster ABC. Bastian
Seidel, president of the Royal College of General Practitioners, told
the TV channel that he is frustrated by the fact that so few patients
are provided with the option to access medicinal pot. He also said
few doctors are allowed to prescribe medicine derived from the plant.
"There are 38,000
GPs [general practitioners] in the country—only one of them is an
authorized prescriber for medicinal cannabis,” Seidel pointed out.
"It is frustrating for us because medicinal cannabis might
be an option of last resort for patients where we've tried absolutely
everything in the book.”