Go-ahead given for medical marijuana trials in QLD

THE Queensland Government has given the go-ahead for people to take part in the state's first medicinal marijuana clinical trials.

Queensland and Victoria will join forces with NSW in clinical trials aimed at determining whether the drug is effective in treating people with epilepsy, end-of-life pain and chemotherapy-related nausea, in cases where standard treatments were ineffective.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Sunday she was keen to allow medical experts to research whether marijuana could help children with uncontrollable epilepsy after hearing accounts of their pain and suffering first-hand from parents.

But she would not reveal how much funding her government would commit to the program or any further details on how the trial will be rolled-out.

"The fundamental next step is for Queensland to be part of this ground breaking trial," she said.

"When you hear the stories from these families, when you hear what they are going through on a daily basis, young children with epilepsy and life threatening seizures, we as a community must do everything we can to ensure that these young children are not going through pain.

"Being part of the trial is the first step to alleviating that pain."

The NSW Government announced last year it would allocate $9 million over five years towards conducting three clinical trials.

- APN NEWSDESK.


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