Australian Government Cannabis News

$3 million for research into medicinal cannabis benefits

The Australian Government is investing $3 million from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) to examine the benefits of medicinal cannabis for pain, symptom and side effect management for cancer patients.

The Hon Greg Hunt MP

Minister for Health

The Morrison Government is investing $3 million from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) to examine the benefits of medicinal cannabis for pain, symptom and side effect management for cancer patients.

Since her own battle, Ms Olivia Newton-John has been an advocate for breast cancer awareness and research and through her personal experience and ongoing efforts has helped shine a light on the benefits associated with medicinal cannabis.

An open and contestable grant opportunity will fund research, that will provide further evidence into an area of increasing interest in Australia and globally. Read More

https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-greg-hunt-mp/media/3-million-for-research-into-medicinal-cannabis-benefits

Ensuring safe and responsible supply of medicinal cannabis

The Australian Government is taking further action to enable the safe and legal distribution of medicinal cannabis products for adults and children suffering from painful and chronic conditions.

The Hon Greg Hunt MP

Minister for Health

The Turnbull Government is taking further action to enable the safe and legal distribution of medicinal cannabis products for adults and children suffering from painful and chronic conditions.

We recognise that access to medicinal cannabis is of vital importance to many Australians. But we must ensure this is done in a way that is safe and responsible.

To help achieve this, we have established and appointed members to the Australian Advisory Council on the Medicinal Use of Cannabis – which will provide expert advice to government.

https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-greg-hunt-mp/media/ensuring-safe-and-responsible-supply-of-medicinal-cannabis

First licence granted for commercially grown medicinal cannabis in Australia

Access to medicinal cannabis has taken another major step forward with first licence being granted for an Australian company to grow and harvest medicinal cannabis.

The Hon Greg Hunt MP

Minister for Health

Access to medicinal cannabis has taken another major step forward today with first licence being granted for an Australian company to grow and harvest medicinal cannabis.

This major development will lead to improved access to domestically produced medicinal cannabis products for Australian patients.

https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-greg-hunt-mp/media/first-licence-granted-for-commercially-grown-medicinal-cannabis-in-australia

Medicinal cannabis laws set to change

Friday, 28 October 2016

  • From November 1, medicinal cannabis will be classed as a controlled drug
  • Doctors will now be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis
  • Recreational use of cannabis remains prohibited

New Commonwealth legislation making medicinal cannabis a controlled prescription drug comes into effect on November 1, 2016.

Health Minister John Day said while he welcomed the changes, which opened the door for medicinal cannabis to be used as a treatment in certain circumstances, the changes did not legalise the recreational use of cannabis, which remained prohibited.

"Like all controlled drugs, medicinal cannabis will be prescription only, with strict rules around prescribing," Mr Day said.

"Medical practitioners will be at the centre of all treatment decisions and patients will need to discuss their situation with their treating doctor.

"Only a pharmacist will be able to dispense medicinal cannabis, with supply from any other means remaining illegal in Western Australia."

https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Barnett/2016/10/Medicinal-cannabis-laws-set-to-change.aspx