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Hunter New England children get access to cannabis-based drug


A GROUP of kids in the Hunter New England region are receiving doses of cannabis-derived medicine to treat severe epilepsy as part of a statewide trial.

Lead researcher Dr John Lawson, from Sydney Children’s Hospital, said about 12 children will participate in the Compassionate Access Scheme for Epidiolex at John Hunter Children’s Hospital, as part of a wider trial involving up to 40 children. It is part of a $21 million commitment to explore the therapeutic use of medicinal cannabis in NSW.