Australia will provide A$3 million ($2.03 million) for research on the use of cannabis to help cancer patients, its health minister said, as the demand for medicinal cannabis products grows rapidly.

While legal in most of Australia, such products are allowed only to patients on the prescription of a doctor, and a license is required to grow and make medicinal cannabis.

On Sunday, Health Minister Greg Hunt said access had been permitted to more than 11,000 patients, with most approvals this year.

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Lidia Kelly ~ Reuters.com

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