DEC. 21, 2014 - NSW GOVERNMENT TO FUND THREE TRIALS OF MEDICAL CANNABIS (AU)
The NSW government
expects to find out in the next few weeks if it will be able to
import cannabis to be used in three medical trials, or if it will
have to grow the marijuana itself.
Children with severe
epilepsy, adults with terminal illness and people with nausea induced
by chemotherapy will be the subjects of the three trials, announced
on Sunday by Premier Mike Baird and Health Minister Jillian Skinner.
The trial for children
with severe epilepsy, who do not respond to traditional medical
approaches, will be first to start, Ms Skinner said. It will be
conducted by doctors at the Randwick and Westmead childrens
hospitals, while the government will also set up a Medical Cannabis
Expert Panel under the state's Chief Medical Officer, Kerry Chant.
To procure the cannabis
for the trials, the government will first attempt to negotiate an
import arrangement with the federal government.