The New South Wales Government has applied for a licence to grow cannabis for medical research trials.
Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair said the state’s cultivation licence application was lodged with the Federal Government last week.
Earlier this year, the Federal Parliament passed legislation to make the cultivation of medicinal cannabis legal — with a licence.
The NSW Government is running clinical trials for severe childhood epilepsy, terminal illnesses and chemotherapy-induced nausea.
It has been required to import the cannabis-based drugs from Canadian and British pharmaceutical companies, but Mr Blair said there may be a need to grow cannabis locally.
“We might even have to start the cultivation ourselves, as a Government, on DPI [Department of Primary Industries] sites, so that we can progress this as quickly as we can.”
Tamworth-based medicinal cannabis campaigner Lucy Haslam also intends to apply for a licence and has purchased a property near Tamworth to set up a medicinal cannabis farm.
Mr Blair said her application, and others from private citizens, might need to wait until later in the year.
He said Tamworth was the perfect place to grow medicinal cannabis, but it would depend on the conditions of the licence.
“The licence has very strict requirements around security so we would need to have a look at our assets,” he said.
“I know there’s a lot of people advocating for it to be done in Tamworth and that’s something we’re looking closely at, but we need to make sure we understand the requirements on our licence and make sure the facilities meet those requirements.”
High fencing, security cameras and individual plant labelling and recording are expected to be some of the requirements that will need to be met before the DPI can begin any medicinal cannabis growing trials. To read more at ABC News click here.
Cannabis will be discussed next week by Professor Jan Copeland, the founding Director of the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) at UNSW Australia, at the Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference 2016, themed Alcohol – Other Drugs – Behavioural Addictions, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery.
Jan has worked in the addictions field for more than 25 years and is best known for her research developing and testing brief interventions for the management of cannabis use disorder among adults and adolescents.
The Conference will be held on the Gold Coast 19 – 20 May 2016. To register for the Conference CLICK HERE.
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