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Parliamentary Questions


Question Without Notice No. 193 asked in the Legislative Council on 1 June 2021 by Hon Sophia Moermond

Parliament: 41 Session: 1

MEDICAL CANNABIS — PHARMACEUTICAL BENEFITS SCHEME

193. Hon SOPHIA MOERMOND to the minister representing the Minister for Health:

I refer the minister to recent media reports suggesting that medicinal cannabis continues to cost patients here in WA as much as $600 a month, forcing some to turn to the black market for pain relief that is frustratingly legal, yet remains financially out of reach. I acknowledge that the pharmaceutical benefits scheme is wholly within the purview of the federal government.

(1) Does the McGowan government favour the inclusion of medicinal cannabis as part of the PBS either now or in the near future?

(2) If yes to (1), will the minister commit to actively lobbying his federal colleagues with an aim to bringing this about?

(3) If no to either (1) or (2), why not?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) Yes, subject to meeting all the normal criteria for funding.

(2) No.

(3) The Minister for Health has previously written to Minister Hunt on this matter.