11 Jul 2019

Medicinal cannabis regulations: Questions raised over specialist sign-off

From Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 11 July 2019
A cannabis plant that will be used for medicinal purposes.

Photo: AFP

The Ministry of Health has released its proposed regulations which cover cultivation, licensing, manufacture and supply of medicinal cannabis. What could this mean for GPs who will be on the front-lines of prescribing the drug?

Doctors would require a specialist's recommendation to sign off on most prescriptions under the proposed scheme. We'll hear from Richard Medlicott from the College of GPs says who says the requirement for specialist sign off should go and from Dr Kate Baddock, Chair of the NZ Medical Association and GP in Warkworth.