Tasmanians will be able to access medicinal cannabis without a prescription as soon as February next year, after a change to the substance's legal status.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has said it will remove restrictions on the use and sale of cannabidiol (CBD) in Australia so that pharmacists can sell low-dose medicinal cannabis without prescription to those aged 18 or over.
A prescription is currently needed for CBD under the current TGA's Poison Standard but under the amendments approved CBD products could be sold from behind the counter with professional advice from pharmacists, at a dose of up to 150 mg a day.
A government spokesman said no legislative amendment in Tasmania is required to reflect this change. "Tasmanian legislation automatically adopts changes to TGA's Poisons Standard.
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