Medicinal cannabis set to spread in Tasmania

Tasmania’s controlled-cannabis scheme will be delivered on schedule, with residents able to apply for access to the drug from Friday.

But it’s not clear at this stage who will be able to access it, or how long the application process may take.

Medicinal cannabis is commonly used to treat epilepsy and seizures.

Doctors have raised concerns that the politicised nature of medicinal cannabis may result in it being restricted to the treatment of just one or two conditions.

Tasmanian Health Minister Michael Ferguson has dismissed these claims, saying that unlike other states this scheme will not be disease-specific.

“As I have made it clear, the pathway is not disease-specific, however we have placed the resource anticipating extra referrals paediatric epilepsy,” he said in a statement to the ABC.