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MM Now With Doctors
Written by Mr Bill Marmion
Wednesday, 06 December 2017

Dear Editor,

RE: Inside WA’s Medical Cannabis Story (Jan Hallam, November 2017), the previous Liberal National Government welcomed the introduction last year of Commonwealth legislation to make medicinal cannabis a controlled prescription drug.

As a result of these changes, doctors in Western Australia wishing to prescribe medicinal cannabis can seek approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration and an expert advisory committee. The previous government’s role was to put in place processes and protections to ensure the safety, efficacy and quality of the products being prescribed.

The future of medicinal cannabis as a treatment option now rightly rests with the medical fraternity, which will undoubtedly be undertaking research and evaluation as to its effectiveness.

Bill Marmion, WA Shadow Health Minister