Despite legalisation, medicinal cannabis remains confusing dilemma for Australian doctors and patients

Frustrated Australian patients could still be several years away from their GPs prescribing medicinal cannabis, the Australian Medical Association's (AMA) vice president has warned.

Since publishing a range of stories on medicinal cannabis, many readers have contacted complaining that their GP is unwilling to prescribe what are now legal products.

Others have expressed frustration, claiming their GPs did not understand how to obtain medicinal cannabis approval or the perceived benefits of the medicine.


Australia: Medicinal cannabis 'red-tape' pushing doctors and patients back to illegal products

A mountain of red tape for legal medicinal cannabis is forcing the families of seriously ill patients back into the black market, according to doctors and advocates.


'Harder to Get Than a Gun': Australia's Medicinal Cannabis Laws Broken, Campaigners Claim

A NSW father will keep breaking the law to get black market medicinal cannabis for his sick son because he claims Australia's newly legalised system is too onerous and expensive.

Former nurse Michael Oakley told medicinal cannabis oil has saved the life of his son, Ben, who suffers from Stiff Person Syndrome, a very rare neurological condition.

Ben's disorder means the 21-year-old suffers acute full body muscle spasms so severe that each seizure can put his life in danger.

He has described the terrible seizures as like having a Taser pushed up against his spine.


Australia's BuddingTech Founder Adam Miller Learned Not to Over-Promise and Under-Deliver in His Previous Business

Many an early-stage startup founder gets through each day faking it in the hopes they one day make it, but eventually, for some, it becomes too much to keep the charade going.

Such was the case for Adam Miller, who had founded online learning platform Tuteable in 2013. Its original iteration sought to allow users with a specific, time sensitive problem to connect with ‘tutors’ able to help them solve it through the use of video chat and a virtual classroom.


Algae.Tec to Plant First Batch of Medicinal Cannabis in Uruguay

The 10-acre crop is estimated to yield circa 1000kg of oils, seed extracts and fibre products.

Algae.Tec Ltd (ASX:AEB) is planning to plant the first batch of medicinal cannabis crop in Uruguay this September as part of its research and collaboration agreement with Winter Garden Biosciences.

The companies are developing an initial crop of active heirloom cannabis, without genetically altered structures and with naturally high levels of cannabinoids.


MedReleaf Reports Q1 Fiscal 2018 Results

MedReleaf Corp. (TSX: LEAF) ("MedReleaf" or the "Company"), Canada's first and only ISO 9001 and ICH-GMP certified cannabis producer, today announced financial and operating results for the first quarter fiscal 2018 ending June 30, 2017. All amounts expressed are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.


Queensland Bauxite Gets Results from Winter Cannabis Crop

Potential market updates are expected regarding production, marketing and distribution agreements.

Queensland Bauxite Ltd (ASX:QBL), through its subsidiary Medical Cannabis Limited (MCL) has received a successful update regarding its winter cannabis crops.

This follows on from the early-July update that confirmed successful germination and growth rates of its pioneering winter cannabis crop.

There have been very few serious winter trials in Australia and information as to the success of these trials is scarce and uninformative.


Western Australia Medicinal Cannabis Gets Green Light

Australian drug regulators have granted what is believed to be the first licence to manufacture and supply medical cannabis in WA.

AusCann, whose chairman is former WA Federal Liberal MP Mal Washer, has been granted a manufacturing licence by the Office of Drug Control, paving the way for it to not only grow but also make cannabinoid medical products.

The company was given approval in May for a secure outdoor cultivation facility in WA, with the intention of having its first locally grown product ready next year.


Australia: Medicinal cannabis farm allows rare glimpse into construction at secret Queensland location

A medicinal cannabis farm under construction in Queensland has opened its doors for the first time to offer an exclusive glimpse of its top-secret operation.

Medifarm, based on the state's Sunshine Coast, has a rare licence granted by the Federal Government to cultivate, produce and manufacture medicinal cannabis.

When the farm is up and running, it will produce cannabis oil for Australians with medical conditions.

Strict security arrangements are in place to make sure the location of the farm is not compromised.

Founder Adam Benjamin said security was paramount when growing such a controversial crop.


Australia: Hundreds of Seizures a Day, Now Cannabis Oil Is 'Making a Difference for My Daughter'

Even on a good day, eight-year-old Sophie Martin has hundreds of seizures.

When she has a severe seizure, she turns blue and cannot breathe.

She has been in and out of hospital since she was 10 weeks' old.

And there have been close to 100 admissions to intensive care.

Every day her parents, Shellie and David, move mountains to try to give her some quality of life.

Their lounge room is like a miniature hospital, complete with resuscitation trolley.

Even the simplest of tasks, like going outside, are a mission — they have to go armed with a paramedic bag.

The decision makers, say the Martins, have "zero idea of what it is like to have a child this sick".

They are talking about medicinal cannabis.


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