News.co.nz Medical Cannabis Minister Amy Adams said the government was aware of a number of patients in the state who have experienced a number the symptoms of a serious illness.
“There is no other drug that is available to those who are in a state of serious illness,” she said.
“And for those patients, who have been prescribed CBD, CBD is the only treatment they are receiving.”
Ms Adams said patients who were in a “very serious condition” were referred to a hospital in Perth for CBD, and that the government’s response had been to provide them with CBD as soon as it became available.
CBD was available in the ACT for $70 a pill, she said, and was being prescribed by some doctors in the region.
Ms Davis said CBD could provide relief from “anxiety and depression” and she said people with the condition should be given it at the same time as the rest of their medication.
She said the health system was working closely with the State Government to address the problem.
There were a number people who were prescribed CBD who were not receiving the treatment they were prescribed, Ms Davis said.
“The Health Department will be working with them to make sure that they receive CBD as quickly as possible.”
Medical cannabis is legal for recreational use in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Queensland.
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