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VCE English Issues: Medicinal cannabis

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Medicinal Cannabis legislation efforts:

Federal initiatives

  • The Federal Government has announced that it will seek parliamentary support before year's end to allow the controlled cultivation of cannabis for medicinal or scientific purposes. Patients may be able to access regulated medicinal cannabis as early as 2017.
  • The Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2014, a private member's bill which had cross-party support, was to have been tabled in parliament in November by the Greens. It would have established a regulator independent from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) which would have overseen a scheme to make medicinal cannabis available to patients who qualify for treatment.

State initiatives

  • The NSW Government has announced a series of clinical trials to commence in 2016. They include trials for children with severe, drug-resistant epilepsy; adults with terminal illness, focusing on improving quality of life and symptoms such as pain, nausea and vomiting; and adults with chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, where standard treatment is ineffective.
  • Last December the NSW Government announced a scheme to protect certain categories of patients in possession of limited quantities of medicinal cannabis from prosecution. Patients need to register with the Government.
  • The NSW Government has also established a Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research and Innovation to oversee clinical trials, research and education.
  • The Victorian Government has announced that it will legalise access to locally manufactured medicinal cannabis for use in exceptional circumstances from 2017 including for children with severe epilepsy.
  • The Victorian Government will also establish an Office of Medicinal Cannabis to oversee the manufacturing, dispensing and clinical aspects of the framework.


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