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ARTICLE UPDATED 2 MARCH 2017 - INCLUDES LATEST NAT. FIGURES FOR CANNABIS PRESCRIPTION AUTHORISATIONS UPDATE: Shortly after the below appeared, Queensland Health – which is discussed within the piece – published two significant notifications on its website. These are explored in an addendum at the end of the article.

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Anyone turning on the TV or reading a paper last Wednesday (22nd Feb) could easily be forgiven for believing real progress was being made with Australia's medical cannabis ...
It must count as one of the most dazzling examples of Doublethink since George Orwell sat down and wrote the clocks were striking thirteen. While claiming it believes access to medical cannabis is of 'vital importance to many Australians' the Federal Government has appointed what appear to be some of the most inexpert 'experts' on the matter to 'advise' on its programme for weed. Such apparently contrary behaviour in relation to the issue however is nothing ...
As predicted by this site just before Christmas, furious patients, carers and advocacy groups across Australia are gearing themselves up for a SECOND huge struggle with the Federal Government over access to medical pot. Already, just six weeks into the year, at least three major initiatives have launched amidst claims Ministers and bureaucrats have duped both the public at large and sick Australians who require the drug to stay ...
Far from being permitted in Australia, medical cannabis is now, thanks to some pretty duplicitous moves by the Government, even harder to come by (legally) than ever, as discussed on this website here,  here, and here. Among the most daunting adversaries faced by those fighting for access to the drug however are large corporations bent ...
Observing what's happened thus far and what continues to happen in the whacky world of Australian medical cannabis it seems rude not to ask just what the Government thinks it is doing. Not only has it created regulations so labyrinthine that plant cultivation and manufacture of product are all but impossible it's tweaked patient access pathways as well, making the stuff harder to ...
As if wrestling with the stable door while the horse is half in the paddock, the Federal Department of Health is in the throes of hurriedly creating an 'Australian Advisory Council on the Medicinal Use of Cannabis' after murmurings of discontent from patients and others finding themselves worse off than before laws were changed to 'legalise' medical pot. The Government's timing is as interesting as the announcement itself which came on 23rd December, hot on the ...
Australia's move to legalise medicinal cannabis is already a huge failure critics of the scheme say. The country's Federal Government is on a collision course with would-be commercial producers and patient groups less than two months after the legislative and regulatory changes took effect that were intended to permit the plant's cultivation and use for therapeutic purposes. But campaigners and ...