Medicinal cannabis allowed in NSW

New South Wales doctors can now write up a script for medicinal cannabis for patients who need it.

Previously you could only access cannabis-based medicines through clinical trials, but with regulatory changes that take force from today, the drugs can now be prescribed for patients who have exhausted standard treatment options.

"People who are seriously ill should be able to access these medicines if they are the most appropriate next step in their treatment," NSW Premier Mike Baird said yesterday.

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