Health officials look set to finally crack down on cannabis clinics who break advertising rules after revealing more than 30 had been identified as allegedly contravening regulations, Cannabiz has learned.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) confirmed it issued cease and desist letters to 32 companies at the start of the year, instructing them to stop engaging in illegal advertising and marketing activity.

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See you in court? The TGA has said a number of investigations are underway as it focuses on ‘higher level compliance actions’

Yet six months later, only four of those issued warnings are said to be “fully compliant”, according to the TGA.

The regulator told Cannabiz it is now “focused” on dishing out stricter punishments for those still flouting the rules.

News that the net could be closing in on clinics breaking the rules emerged after the issue was raised by WA Greens senator Rachel Siewert.

Senator Rachel Siewert

In a question formally tabled by the MP, who chaired last year’s Senate Inquiry into medicinal cannabis access, Siewert asked if the Department of Health (DoH) was planning to “target clinics that blatantly advertise medicinal cannabis products and essentially prescribe medicinal cannabis to any person who signs up for a consultation”.

In its response, health officials revealed that the TGA had written to 32 clinics and that a review of clinic compliance was underway.

Questioned further by Cannabiz, the TGA said it would be pursuing those firms which are still flouting the laws, particular those which have already been contacted and warned by officials.

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...