Govt offers $3M to trial medicinal cannabis


Olivia Newton-John desires Australia to catch up with the rest of the globe on medicinal cannabis.

It comes as the federal government announces $three million for clinical trials hunting at how cannabis can be utilized to enable treat cancer discomfort and other side effects.

Cancer patient-turned advocate Newton-John says the funding is a fantastic start out but is “frustrated” that only about 11,000 Australians have access to medicinal cannabis.

The singer and actress desires Australia to catch up with the United States when it comes to applying the drug for cancer remedy.

“They’ve found it hasn’t brought on all the complications that people today are afraid of,” she told journalists at the annual Wellness Stroll and Investigation Run in Melbourne on Sunday.

“People need to have to let go of that old hippie factor (about the drug).

“It’s helped me extremely, with discomfort, with sleep, with anxiousness, especially when I had to wean myself off morphine. And I utilized cannabis.”

Wellness Minister Greg Hunt says there’s a lack of nicely-made clinical research hunting at medicinal cannabis.

He adds the government is committed to making sure a secure and top quality provide of the drug, but only when it is prescribed by a health-related skilled.

Almost 80 corporations have been licensed to develop and harvest medicinal cannabis in Australia the previous two-and-a-half years.


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