Renewed government warnings over the potentially grave health risks of buying illegal medicinal cannabis online – including fake branded product – will go unheeded unless consumers are given more pragmatic reasons to seek medicine through legal channels, it has been claimed.

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Senior industry executives broadly welcomed the fresh initiative from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) which, in effect, warned consumers they were playing a dangerous game of Russian roulette by sourcing illicit product online.

Steve has reported for a number of consumer and B2B titles over a journalism career spanning more than three decades. He is a regulator contributor to health journal, The Medical Republic, writing on...