Tasmanian premier Peter Gutwein has announced significant changes to the state’s Controlled Access Scheme for medicinal cannabis, with GPs able to prescribe the medicine, subject to TGA approval, from July 1, 2021.

In his State of the State address today, Gutwein also told parliament the Government will remove requirements that medical cannabis is only dispensed from Tasmania Health Service pharmacies, allowing other pharmacies to dispense throughout the state.

He added it will continue to review the Controlled Access Scheme to ensure it provides an appropriate specialist-led pathway, alongside the new process of GP prescriptions.