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The NSW government says it approves medicinal cannabis applications within 48 hours. Newly obtained data shows it often takes far longer. | Business Insider

October 18, 2019

Hopefully Australia in every state can get this right. It’s bad enough that medicinal cannabis is almost unaffordable in this country right now. It’s even a bigger shame that terminal patients are passing away while waiting for medicinal cannabis.

“Documents obtained by Business Insider Australia have revealed the actual waiting times experienced by medicinal cannabis patients in New South Wales, with a large number of cases exceeding the government’s stated 48-hour turnaround window.

Diandra Phipps, the general manager at Tetra Health, which helps people who qualify for medical cannabis navigate the complex approval pathway, said the wait was bringing stress to patients and their families, and also to medical staff who can’t do anything to speed up the process.

“We’ve unfortunately had terminal patients pass away as recently as last month waiting for their authorities to be approved. It’s heartbreaking,” she told Business Insider Australia.”

The full story is here:
The NSW government says it approves medicinal cannabis applications within 48 hours. Newly obtained data shows it often takes far longer. | Business Insider

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