The Sydney Morning Herald reports

A new hotline is expected to fast track access to medicinal cannabis for palliative care patients in NSW.

Doctors will soon have access to the NSW Medicinal Cannabis Advisory Service to help them cut through the regulatory red tape of legally prescribing onshore medicinal cannabis for their patients.

From January, prescribers across the state will be able to call a hotline that connects them to experts tapped into the latest international evidence-based research in the constantly-evolving field, Health Minister Brad Hazzard announced on Thursday.

The experts will help doctors assess whether a patient might benefit from medicinal cannabis and guide their treatment decisions.

Mr Hazzard said the $6 million initiative – the first of its kind – would give doctors the support and confidence they needed to decide if their patients, particularly palliative care patients, could benefit from medicinal cannabis.

“NSW has led the country in its approach to medicinal cannabis. However, doctors want more support about whether to prescribe medicinal cannabis, what specific product to prescribe and how best to prescribe it,” Mr Hazzard said in a statement.