Posted October 10, 2018 14:14:52 A man in his 20s who has a rare condition known as ‘tongue cancer’ is being urged to go for a dental check up.
It’s one of many health-related issues that are making it more difficult for people to get their medicinal cannabis in South Australia.
Mr Coote, who is also suffering from Parkinson’s disease, suffers from the chronic, chronic condition called ‘toxoplasmosis’ that causes itchy, red spots on his mouth and tongue.
He’s been prescribed a topical cream to treat it, but is not receiving it from a doctor.
“I’ve got tongue cancer, but I’m not getting it from any doctor,” Mr Cootee said.
“[Doctors] said it’s probably a good idea to give me the cream and just wait and see if I get better.”
Mr Pugh, from South Adelaide, has also had a hard time getting his medicinal cannabis through the South Australian Department of Health.
The man has a condition called Trichomonas vulgare that causes his tongue to swell up and grow in size.
Doctors told him it was possible he had a more serious condition, but Mr Pugh says he is not suffering from any serious side effects.
Since being diagnosed, Mr Pouh said he has been told he has to have a dental procedure to get his medicinal plants in his mouth.
If he had to go back to his GP to get a prescription, he would be on the verge of losing his medical cannabis.
A spokesperson for the Department of Primary Industries said the department did not make any decisions on whether or not medicinal plants should be grown for medical purposes.
Health Minister Scott Emerson said the Department did not receive a request from Mr Pough to grow medicinal plants and that the Government did not regulate medicinal cannabis.
He said medicinal cannabis was a ‘community resource’ and that medicinal cannabis should be sold as medicine rather than as a recreational drug.
“We can’t have the recreational drugs coming in that we know will cause harm, including to people with serious conditions,” he said.
“It’s a community resource and that should be a decision made by the community.
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