Victoria becomes first Aussie state to legalise medicinal marijuana

Victoria has become the first state in Australia to legalise the use of medicinal cannabis. The Access to Medicinal Cannabis
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Victoria has become the first state in Australia to legalise the use of medicinal cannabis.

The Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill was past in state parliament, meaning the manufacture, supply and access to medicinal cannabis products in the states is now legal.

In the first instance the medicinal cannabis will be available to children with severe epilepsy.

Victorian health minister Jill Hennessy told the ABC that the reason these children will be treated first is because they’ve shown significant improvement on the drug.

“We know these children don’t often make it until adulthood,” Hennessy said. “We want to improve their quality of life.”

It’s certainly far more reaching that simply easing cramps and headaches, but medicinal cannabis will be available in a variety of forms including tinctures, oils, capsules, sprays and vaporisable liquids.

Access to the drug will be rolled out gradually from 2017, and will eventually be available to palliative care and those with HIV.

New South Wales is also trialling medicinal cannabis for patients suffering nausea as a result of chemotherapy treatments.

Premier Mike Baird announced the largest clinical trial of its kind earlier in 2016. Roughly 330 patients were expected to take part and the cannabis-derived tablet was only available for cancer patients. In NSW there have been two other trials using medicinal cannabis — for the terminally ill and for children with severe epilepsy.

“Our hope is as it is proven, we have a position where this will be available to whoever needs it,” the Premier said.

Do you support the introduction of medicinal cannabis?

  1. My daughter is 41 and through a car accident is now paying the price. She is on a cocktail of pain medication, that most of her time is spent in bed with the electric blanket on 3 to help with the pain. Aside from that there is a huge cost factor not just the money, psychologically, emotionally and physically as well. There is no quality of life for her which also impacts on her children

  2. Yvonne McMaster  

    This is an interesting story but the sloppiness of the writing spoils it and detracts from the meaning. I was thinking of posting it on Facebook but I would be embarrassed to do so. Your writer should check the story before publishing. eg: “Our hope is as it is proven, we have a position where this will be available to whoever needs it, the Premier said”. and “The Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill was past in state parliament, meaning the manufacture, supply and access to medicinal cannabis products in the states is now legal”.

  3. Dianne Evans  

    Yes for chronic pain people could have a better quality of life.

  4. Fayed  

    How I wish we could have had this for my mother in the last year of her life. She had a shocking leg ulcer, which the doctors couldn’t heal and the cocktail of pain killers she was on did not get rid of the pain. So horrible for her. The specialist said at the time, the only thing that would really help with the pain was something like marijuana or even heroin.

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