The Queensland Government has announced all medical practitioners in the state can prescribe schedule 8 and schedule 4 medicinal cannabis without Queensland Health approval.

Previously, only specialist medical practitioners could do so.

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) Queensland Branch President Shane MacDonald welcomed the news.

He said: “Decreasing the administrative burden and improving access to medicinal cannabis is an important step to ensure patients continue to access cannabis products legally.

He added: “Any process that removes red tape and allows pharmacists and prescribers to focus on clinical care and medication safety ultimately leads to better outcomes for patients and more efficient use of resources.”