As medical cannabis users flock to Australia to find relief from chronic pain, one of the first steps to getting your medical card is to register with a registered medicinal cannabis supplier in the country.
As of July 1, the Australian Federal Government will offer a variety of medical cannabis cards for purchase from the country’s 12 authorised medical cannabis providers.
A registered medicinal supply is defined as a supplier of a cannabis product that has been licensed for medicinal use and that has received a regulatory approval from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
Medical cannabis cards can be purchased at licensed medical cannabis dispensaries in the Sydney CBD, the northern suburbs, and at CBD dispensaries, with the exception of those located in the south-west.
If you have a medical cannabis prescription from a registered medical supply, you can apply for your card online at the Australian Medicines Board (AMP) website.
There are currently around 7,000 registered medicinal suppliers operating in Australia, but the number is expected to grow.
“The number of providers has increased by an average of 25 per cent per year and there are now over 30,000 licensed medical supply suppliers,” said Astrid Kühn, manager of the Australian National Medical Cannabis Association (ANMCA).
“We believe the number of suppliers will continue to grow as the medicinal cannabis industry becomes more mainstream, including more established established and established operators that are offering a wider range of products and services.”
Mental health providers and those with chronic pain can also access medical cannabis through a number of licensed health and support services.
“There are some providers in the community that have access to a limited supply of medical marijuana for those with a mental health condition and those who are suffering from chronic or debilitating pain,” Künn said.
“They have also identified the need for more specialist providers to treat those who require access to medical cannabis.”
In addition, there is an increasing need for patients with chronic or chronic pain to be able to access alternative medical cannabis.
“Medical cannabis patients who do not have access in their area can purchase the cannabis in pharmacies or online from the National Health Service.
For people with medical conditions, medical cannabis can also be purchased through a registered health and rehabilitation provider.”
These providers are able to provide the most up-to-date information regarding their patients needs and are able provide treatment in an appropriate and compassionate way,” Kuehn said.
Medical cannabis has also been recommended for use in acute pain and in the treatment of Crohn’s disease, as well as Crohn-related and chronic back pain.”
We are in the process of increasing the supply of cannabis to more providers as the regulatory framework changes in Australia,” Kuhn said.
While the number and variety of cannabis suppliers will grow, a number will need to be registered before they can sell to the general public.”
Patients can still purchase medical cannabis from pharmacies,” Kähn said, adding that a list of registered medicinal supplier providers has been developed by the ANMCA.”
Currently there are around 1,300 registered medicinal producers in Australia and we will be adding more as time goes on.
“A number of operators are currently in the planning stages to open their doors to the public.”
If you’re not sure where to find a licensed medical supplier, Kün advises people to contact the National Cannabis Dispensary Association (NCDA), which will be responsible for registering medical cannabis suppliers in the next few months.”NCDAs are not a registered supplier and the NCDAs can only accept a limited number of valid forms of identification to provide cannabis for medicinal purposes,” Kudner said.
“Registered medical supply providers can provide information on their licence status and how they will comply with the regulations.”
“The NCDA will assist with any requests for additional information regarding cannabis availability in their jurisdiction, including whether their licensed suppliers are currently operating in that area.”