Tasmania: GP’s Can Now Prescribe Medical Cannabis – Most Won’t Be Prescribing Because They Don’t Believe Medical Cannabis Efficacy

Unsurprising as it’s still the 1980’s down there in Tasmania world

Cannabiz reports

Tasmanian GPs are able to prescribe medicinal cannabis from today after premier Peter Gutwein announced significant changes to the state’s Controlled Access Scheme in March.

However, Tasmanian newspaper The Advocate reports some healthcare professionals remain unconvinced and are urging a cautious approach to prescribing the treatment.

Dr Tim Jackson: ‘vast majority of patients will not benefit from medicinal cannabis’

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners state chair Tim Jackson said more clinical evidence of efficacy is needed before medicinal cannabis can be prescribed for chronic, non-cancer pain and warned doctors would not prescribe it as a first line of treatment.

He said: “If patients are thinking this is a panacea for everything they will be very disappointed. There may be a few patients who benefit from it, but the vast majority will no…

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