Medical cannabis gets Tas budget funds

AAP

Patients struggling with severe epilepsy will be able to consider medical cannabis treatment with budget funding from the Tasmanian government.

Thursday's financial plan will include $3.75 million to help clinically assess sufferers who find mainstream medications ineffective, Health Minister Michael Ferguson said.

"Tasmania has led the country in calling for a national, evidence-based response to provide safe access to medical cannabis, and the opening of Tasmania's Controlled Access Scheme will be a significant step forward," Mr Ferguson announced on Tuesday, adding that expert staff and neurology specialists will be recruited as part of the funding package.