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Western Australia Premier urges doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis

Western Australian politicians are urging health professionals to prescribe medical cannabis to those suffering from a range of debilitating illnesses.

No health professionals have applied yet to prescribe medicinal cannabis in Western Australia, but Premier Mark McGowan is hoping to raise awareness to encourage the practice and help patients in need.

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Roger Cook will chair a meeting with medical leaders next month to encourage them to prescribe cannabis to men, women and children suffering from debilitating and painful illnesses or terminal diseases such as cancer, severe epilepsy, and even multiple sclerosis (MS) and arthritis.

Medicinal cannabis could be an alternative for patients who did not want to use morphine-related drugs to ease their pain.

Since November 2016, cannabis-based products could be legally prescribed under strict regulations in Western Australia, although not a single health professional hasapplied yet to prescribe medicinal cannabis, a trend Mr McGowan is working tirelessly to change.

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