420 with CNW – The Legal Medical Marijuana Industry in Australia Only Serves 3% of Patients, Study Finds

June 26, 2020 03:25:33

More than 50 countries around the world have legalized some form of medical cannabis while six countries have allowed the recreational use of cannabis by adults. And while these territories have made inroads into the massive global cannabis market, most people in jurisdictions with legal weed still get their supply from the illicit market. One such jurisdiction is Australia. Australia legalized medical cannabis back in 2016 when the government created a system where doctors could prescribe the substance to treat various conditions. However, a recent study has found that only 3% of Australians using medical cannabis access it through the government’s regulated program.

According to the study, which was published in the Harm Reduction Journal, the cost of legal marijuana and lack of education around the program has kept illegal dealers in business. It compared two instances of the voluntary Cannabis as Medicine Survey, the first just before medical cannabis was legalized in 2016 and the second two years later. Researchers compared data from 1,388 respondents…


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