Photo: The drug is a purified form of a chemical ingredient found in the cannabis plant. (ABC News: Jerry Rickard) US health regulators have approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law, despite growing legalisation for recreational and medical use. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the medication, called Epidiolex, to treat two rare forms of epilepsy that b
Saba Button is one of the first West Australians to be prescribed cannabis.
SABA Button, the Perth girl left severely disabled as a baby by a faulty flu vaccine, has become one of the first West Australians to be prescribed medical cannabis. Her mother Kirsten said the nine-year-old started taking the prescription medicine this week and early signs were encouraging. Mrs Button said that it had been relatively straightforward getting a doctor to prescribe it because Saba’s ne
Health Minister Brad Hazzard. NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard joked at a boardroom lunch last week that increasing access to medicinal cannabis would be a great thing, saying “it would be great if we could all punch a few cones” and telling one questioner it looked like he “needed a cone”. The comments, at an Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce lunch, came with Mr Hazzard unusually bringing along a top NSW Health bureaucrat, Kerry Chant, to the function, and then telling gu
A Winmalee dad facing police charges after juicing home grown cannabis to treat his seriously ill daughters has changed his plea to guilty in Penrith Local Court. Stephen Taylor, 64, was charged with cultivating a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and two counts of possessing a prohibited drug, after police removed 107 cannabis plants from his rented home on December 8 last year. On March 23, he announced an intention to plead not guilty “on the grounds of medical nece
Photo: Jordon Kotarac with his daughter Juliette, whose seizures were not halted by medicinal cannabis treatment. (Supplied: Jordan Kotarac)
The father of a five-year-old girl who suffers from severe seizures says he supports the Victorian Government's medicinal cannabis program, even though it did not stop his daughter's fits. It was revealed this week that 13 out of 34 children have left the Government's subsidised medicinal cannabis program since it began in March last y