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UNE professor researches medicinal cannabis packaging options

Cultivation and manufacturing of medicinal cannabis is ramping up since the production process was legalised in Australia almost 12 months ago. The country’s first commercial crop of medicinal cannabis was harvested last Friday, through a secret facility in southern Melbourne. And as the drug gains momentum in the pharmaceutical industry, University of New England Professor John Malouff has been researching whether warning labels on packaging should be used. Mr Malouff has written two articles to identify what warnings experts would recommend based on their research findings. “We [also] asked marijuana users what they would recommend,” he said. “There was some overlap and different

Tasmanian medicinal cannabis program opens

Epilepsy Tasmania CEO Wendy Groot with Michael Ferguson and Will Hodgman. Picture: Scott Gelston Tasmanians will have access to medicinal cannabis when the state government’s Controlled Access Scheme starts on Friday. From September 1 medical specialists will be able to prescribe medical cannabis products for patients where conventional treatments have failed. Epilepsy Tasmania chief executive Wendy Groot said the scheme would open the pathway to make new medication available. While the focus is on, but not limited to, paediatrics, Ms Groot hoped as many people as possible took advantage of the scheme. “I’m hoping that anybody who thinks this may assist them in their epilepsy or the

Company completes first commercial medicinal cannabis harvest

Australia’s first commercial crop of medicinal cannabis has been produced through a secret facility in southern Melbourne. The medicinal cannabis industry is estimated to be worth $100m a year and was given Federal Government approval under a strict licensing regime earlier in the year. The Melbourne-based Cann Group told the stock exchange on Monday it had completed harvest of its first cultivation cycle of medicinal cannabis at its southern facility in Victoria. The company is on track to build another facility in northern Melbourne. Medicinal cannabis has already been harvested by the Victorian government for several years, but this is the first private commercial crop. Cann annou

Medicinal cannabis black market worries TGA

The TGA has criticised claims that red tape turns patients to black market cannabis And one medicinal cannabis stakeholder says that doctors are unready when it comes to prescribing the drug. The TGA has responded to claims made on the Lateline program that patients are turning to the black market for medicinal cannabis products because of excessive red tape, principally in seeking approvals under the Special Access Scheme Category B. “This scheme has operated for many years and the TGA provides over 20,000 approvals per year for doctors to prescribe a range of unregistered medicines,” the TGA said in a statement. “Clearly, it can and does work efficiently to meet the needs of patients.

Despite legalisation, medicinal cannabis remains confusing dilemma for Australian doctors and patien

Cancer sufferer Matilda Kubany-Dean, 21, speaks to NSW Minister for Medical Research Pru Goward at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, December, 2016. Doctors are recruiting cancer patients in a world-first cannabis trial in NSW for the prevention of chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting. Frustrated Australian patients could still be several years away from their GPs prescribing medicinal cannabis, the Australian Medical Association's (AMA) vice president has warned. Since publishing a range of stories on medicinal cannabis, many readers have contacted nine.com.au complaining that their GP is unwilling to prescribe what are now legal products. Others have expressed frustration, c

First medical cannabis crop harvested in Vic

Last year Victoria made history when it became the first state to legalise medicinal cannabis. Now the first commercially produced cannabis plants are being harvested and Sky News was given an exclusive look inside the Melbourne factory. Peter Crock, CEO Cann Group says they are the first to be licensed in Australia and the only company to be issued a permit under that license. 'We were the first to be issued with a research license first at the end of February and then at the end of the first week of March we received the medicinal cannabis license for this facility,' he said. Mr Crock says security is of high priority. 'The pockets are sewn up. We definitely don't allow any samples to come

Medicinal cannabis 'red-tape' pushing doctors and patients back to illegal products

Photo: Brisbane father Steve Peek says cannabis oil has helped control his daughter Suli's seizures. (ABC News: Andree Withey) A mountain of red tape for legal medicinal cannabis is forcing the families of seriously ill patients back into the black market, according to doctors and advocates. Sydney GP Brad McKay said he had tried at length to prescribe the medicine for his patients but had been blocked at every turn. "It just seems that so many obstacles are being put in place of GPs and specialists that it's creating an impossible situation," Dr McKay told Lateline. "It's been in excess of 30 to 40 hours that I've put in over a four-month period. I've spoken to GP colleagues and they look

SA medicinal cannabis producer’s oil to hit shelves from September

Sarah Fahy, GD Pharma validation engineer, dispensing the first SA-made medicinal cannabis. Picture: Tait Schmaal. DOCTORS will be able to prescribe the first South Australian-produced medicinal cannabis products from next month. GD Pharma’s oils will hit the market in September after the pharmaceutical manufacturer recently received the green light to import two types of cannabis-derived products. From those, medicinal oils are being made in a factory in suburban Adelaide. The products comes as new figures reveal five South Australian patients have been approved to use the drug in the last two months, taking the total number to eight. GD Pharma chief executive Antony Condina. Picture: TAIT

NSW medicinal cannabis bill fails

The NSW Government has voted down Labor legislation that would decriminalise cannabis possession. The proposed legislation was to ensure that sufferers of terminal and serious medical conditions who rely on medicinal cannabis to ease their pain, would no longer be treated as criminals. The legislation would also create the mechanism to create a safe and lawful supply chain of product, to make access a practical reality for sufferers. The legislation sought to decriminalise the possession of small amounts of cannabis (up to 15 grams) for treatment of chronic and serious medical conditions for medically certified sufferers and their carers, requiring them to receive photo identification an

“I am feeling good”: Olivia Newton-John provides a promising update on her cancer battle

“I am totally confident that my new journey will have a positive success story to inspire others!" Olivia Newton-John has shared a positive update about her health, revealing that she’s “feeling good.” The 68-year-old announced two months ago that she was battling breast cancer, which had spread to her back or ‘metastasized to the sacrum.’ However, she remains positive in the face of adversity. "I am really grateful for and touched by the worldwide outpouring of love and concern for me over the last few months. Thank you," she wrote on her Facebook page. "I am feeling good and enjoying total support from my family, friends and my loyal fans. I am totally confident that my new journey will ha

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