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In an official position statement, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners says that “further research is warranted” to clarify the medical uses of cannabis but that, presently, it should only be used as a “last-resort medication.”
The statement comes the same day that the Australian government will begin accepting applications for companies to participate in the medical cannabis program.
“The evidence base for the medical use of cannabis is currently incomplete. There remains much to be learned, particularly relating to treatment efficacy and the longer term side-effects of cannabis-based drugs,” the statement reads.