Montu is launching online clinic Alternaleaf in the UK, headed up by local managing director Asif Dewan.

Dewan said the service would help the “millions of Brits” struggling to access the medicine or doing so via the illicit market.

Montu UK MD Asif Dewan

“There are millions of Brits who suffer from medical conditions ranging from long-term pain, multiple sclerosis, mental health conditions to heavy migraines and epilepsy that may be eligible for medical cannabis, but haven’t been able to access it,” Dewan said.

“We also know that millions of people self-medicate on the black market. We’re here to help everyone who is eligible for medical cannabis treatment access it in a safe and secure way.”

He added: “Many of our patients have been taking much stronger medication before coming to us. It’s not rare for us to meet patients who are on opioids, or who have been self-medicating illegally, or both.”

Meanwhile, Montu has been ranked fifth in LinkedIn Australia’s Top Startups list for 2023.

The list, published each year, features 20 Australian companies that are innovating and attracting top talent.

Montu managing director Christopher Strauch said the listing was “a testament to how hard our incredible team members work each and every day”.

He added: “We look forward to continuing to attract top-tier talent that can further accelerate our growth for the benefit of both our patients and the wider industry.

“Being the first medical cannabis company to make the list, it’s also an indication of the rapidly growing demand for our industry.”

Prior to launching Cannabiz, Martin was co-founder and CEO of Asia-Pac’s leading B2B media and marketing information brand Mumbrella, overseeing its sale to Diversified Communications in 2017. A journalist...

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