The New South Wales (NSW) State Government has announced that it will begin to find trials regarding the effectiveness of medicinal cannabis. The budget allows for $9 million to be supplied over the next four years. Money distribution will begin in the 2015-2016 budgetary year with a $3 million allocation.
The experiment will involve a wide variety of patients, including some children with severe conditions. Epileptic youth, terminally ill adults and chemotherapy patients with extreme nausea are set to take part in the medicinal cannabis trials. According to the Medical Research Minister, Pru Goward, the study is part of the next generation of government funded medical research.
“Medical research unlocks new treatment for disease, offers hope, delivers cures, keeps people well and out of hospital…At its best (it) profoundly improves lives.”
In the aftermath of the New South Wales budgetary decisions, other Australian state governments are taking an interest medicinal cannabis and its validity as an effective form of treatment. In particular, Victoria and South Australia have brought medicinal marijuana into political discourse.
In total, the state government of New South Wales allocated $1 billion for medical research in the newly outlined budget. Moving forward, medicinal cannabis may provide alternatives to traditional forms of medicine when it comes to treating childhood epilepsy and the negative side effects of chemotherapy.