Allowing the medical use of cannabis

W. D. Hall, L. J. Degenhardt, D. Currow

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    Cannabis has been advocated as a treatment for nausea, vomiting, wasting, pain and muscle spasm in cancer, HIV/AIDS, and neurological disorders. Such uses are prohibited by law; cannabinoid drugs are not registered for medical use in Australia and a smoked plant product is unlikely to be registered. A New South Wales Working Party has recommended granting exemption from prosecution to patients who are medically certified to have specified medical conditions. This proposal deserves to be considered by other State and Territory governments.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)39-40
    Number of pages2
    JournalMedical Journal of Australia
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2001


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