The Queensland government has released Australia's first clinical guidelines for the use of medicinal cannabis.
Health Minister Cameron Dick said on Thursday the guidelines would advise doctors on the safe use of medicinal cannabis products.
Mr Dick said they included details about where to source medicinal cannabis, dosages and different treatment regimes.
"Medical practitioners have not had information in a domestic setting to allow them to use or understand the use of medicinal cannabis," he said.
"That's historically because the use of medicinal cannabis products in Queensland has been illegal.
"Medical practitioners to this point have had to rely on a range of medical literature sources including information from literature sources internationally."
The Queensland government's Medicinal Cannabis Bill will come into effect from March 1, which will enable doctors to prescribe and dispense products to sick patients.
Mr Dick said medicinal cannabis products would have to be sourced internationally but he was confident Australia would one day produce its own.
All products requested from overseas require the approval of the Therapeutic Good Administration.
Mr Dick said although there was "no question" the use of medicinal cannabis was new in Australia, he was confident Queenslanders supported the move to legislate it.
"I think Queenslanders see the need for the use of medicinal cannabis," he said.
Mr Dick said it was clear some doctors did not support its use but for those that did it would only be considered as a last resort.
The Health Minister said he was yet to decide if reporting requirements for doctors and the results of medicinal cannabis use would be publicly available.