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Med J Aust. 2013 Dec 16;199(11):759-61.

(Re)introducing medicinal cannabis.

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1
Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia. lmather@med.usyd.edu.au.
2
Alcohol and Drug Services, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
3
Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Abstract

• After considering extensive scientific and medical evidence, a New South Wales Legislative Council multiparty committee recommended that medicinal cannabis should lawfully be made available for selected-use pharmacotherapy. • The evidence indicates that cannabis has genuine medicinal utility in patients with certain neuropathic conditions, with acceptable levels of risk from mostly mild side effects. • The potential medical benefits of cannabis pharmacotherapy have largely been overlooked, with research and society's attention, in most parts of the world, being directed towards the hazards of its recreational use. • The NSW Government has since dismissed the unanimous and compassionate recommendations of their committee.

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