Children with Epilepsy the First for Medical Cannabis

Approved growers would be able to cultivate medicinal cannabis and pharmacists to dispense marijuana products to treat ­people with chronic illness under landmark changes to Victorian law aimed at helping children and adults with otherwise untreatable conditions.

The reforms will see Victoria as the first state to create a ­potentially lucrative medicinal marijuana industry, with legal changes expected to pass parliament to license the growing, ­dispensing and consumption of approved cannabis products.

Under the proposed system, medicinal marijuana would be available to treat children with epilepsy in 2017, with medical ­advice expected to pave the way to use the drug to treat pain, ­nausea or spasms associated with HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis and cancer in the future.

– Read the entire article at The Australian.