Summary: The NSW government is expecting to find out whether they will be able to import medical cannabis to be used in medical trials or whether they will have to grow the cannabis locally.
Announced by Premier Mike Baird and Health Minister Jillian Skinner., children who have severe epilepsy, patients with chemotherapy induced nausea and adults with terminal illness will be the subjects of the 3 trials. First to start will be children with severe epilepsy who have not successfully responded to the traditional medical approaches made available. It is to be conducted at the Randwick and Westmead children’s hospitals. The government is also said to set up an expert panel regarding Medical Cannabis under the state’s Chief Medical Officer, Kerry Chant.
In order to procure the cannabis for the trials, the government will first attempt to negotiate an import arrangement with the federal government. This has been requested to be furnished as quick as possible.
The NSW government is also instructing police not to charge patients suffering with terminal illness who use medical cannabis, not those who care for them. Labor’s Adam Searle believes the government should in fact move faster in providing the necessary pain relief for the terminally ill.
“We have passed the time for trials; the science is in, and we know that people are already running the risk of arrest by using cannabis for pain relief. People suffering from terminal illnesses need more pain relief options now, not in a few years.”
There are 100’s of patients that will be included in these 3 trials.