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NSW trials medicinal cannabis cultivation

IN an Australian first, NSW is researching medicinal cannabis cultivation.

The Federal Government has given the NSW Department of Primary Industries the go-ahead for the pilot cannabis cultivation program.

NSW Minister Primary Industries Niall Blair said the program paves the way for non-government cultivation in the future.

“This is an important step forward that underpins the potential pharmaceutical supply of cannabis-based medicines made in Australia.”

Australia’s international obligations to the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs won’t be affected by the research.cannabis_trial_760x440

“This cultivation research will build the additional evidence required to produce medicinal cannabis in NSW to guaranteed safety and quality standards,” Mr Blair said.

The NSW Government has invested $21 million in the cultivation program, which is hoped to deliver legal, standardised pharmaceutical cannabis products that health professionals can prescribe safely.

About the scheme

The NSW Government has developed the Terminal Illness Cannabis Scheme (TICS) to extend compassion to adults with a terminal illness.

The scheme provides guidelines for NSW police officers to help them determine the appropriate circumstances in which to use their discretion not to charge adults with terminal illness who use cannabis and/or cannabis products to alleviate their symptoms and carers who assist them.

NSW residents who are aged 18 years and over who have a terminal illness are eligible to register for the scheme.

To register for the scheme, adults with a terminal illness require a medical practitioner who is registered in Australia and involved in their ongoing care to certify that the person has a terminal illness as defined by the scheme. Each eligible adult may nominate up to 3 carers who will be registered under the scheme.

Media Release: July 27, 2016