It's been in all the media for the past few days " NSW Government's decision to slash red tape will remove a "huge hurdle" for patients trying to access cannabis"
I ask why has this taken so long, the problem has been obvious since the government legalised medical cannabis?

As for the price "The price of products is quite high" says Mr Bratter in the below articel by SBS. That's an understatement, what chronically ill person can afford $20,000 (Sativex) per anum for medication?
In New Zealand, an average annual prescription of Sativex costs about USD16,000. at todays rate of exchange that equates to $20,624.0 AUD
For me this is morally disturbing considering this is not a patented product, but a herb that can be grown easily and quickly and organically is desired.
So it begs the question, is this medicine just for the elite and not for the masses in need and sufferring?
The other question is where is the evidence that cannabis is in detrimental to one health? No deaths have been documented in the earths history.
The UK health dept sanctioned a study to determine the dangers of illegal and legal drugs and found cannabis to be safer than alcohol or tobacco.

Personally I disagree with professor Nutt's findings, I feel that  out of the thousands of publications that the study was based upon, some were possibly inaccurate, I base this theory on the fact so much propaganda was spread regarding cannabis over the passed 80 years.

Does it have an addictive nature?, if one has a chronic condition possibly yes. But no different and with a lot less side effects than many other medications.

Would you steal and lie to obtain the herb? I don't think the majority of cannabis users would. Not even if they suffer from a debilitating disease. The transition from using cannabis to not using cannabis is mild in comparison to the transition from smoking tobacco to not smoking. That's really a trip!
A heavy user suffering from chronic pain may suffer loss of sleep temporarily, that's if an alternative medication doesn't replace it.

The only contraindication for using cannabis that comes to mind would be to check the 1% of the population with a family history of mental health issues like schizophrenia.
This also needs more research as scientists have found that cannabis with a higher level of cbd can neutralise any ill effects caused by those with mental health issues.
So I question the governments motives in keeping cannabis so restrictive.
I don't believe proper research has been done on the use of cannabis as an isolated substance, most users mix it with tobacco in Australia and often in conjunction with alcohol. It's already been admitted by the government, AMA,TGA and those who make the laws, that "we don't know the dangers". But is this right? Canabis is the second most popular recreational drug (herb) in Australia. Decriminalised in two states and also territories. Surely the dangers would be obvious by now? and this is in an unregulated enviroment where neferarious activities do occur.
The oligopoly created by our government by the their strict regulations and greed is making the cost of medical cannabis prohibative, more so than the unregulated illegal option.
This is just morally wrong if this medicine truly helps those in need.

By Bob Darley for

From SBS News: NSW improves medicinal cannabis access

Doctors will get quicker approval of medical marijuana prescriptions under a streamlined process announced by the NSW and federal governments.
Updated Updated 1 day ago

Australia's peak medical cannabis body says the NSW Government's decision to slash red tape will remove a "huge hurdle" for patients trying to access the drug.

NSW has partnered with the federal government to create a single application process, which means doctors would typically get approval within 36 hours rather than waiting months for an outcome.

Previously, doctors wanting approval to prescribe the medicine had to apply through both the NSW Government and Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), with a possibility of different outcomes from each application.

"It's fantastic because this (announcement) is removing a huge hurdle," says Medicinal Cannabis Council (MCC) General Manager Blaise Bratter said on Friday.

Mr Bratter said the change was a welcome surprise, although more work was needed to remove obstacles for patients wishing to access treatment.

"The price of products is quite high, and there's not enough education of medical professionals - they are cautious," he told AAP.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says other states should follow NSW's lead.

"Strong safeguards remain in place to access medicinal cannabis, but this move ends a duplication of regulatory requirements," Mr Hunt said on Friday.