The Victorian government announced plans to amend the law to make it easier to use medicinal cannabis for clinical trials.
The government's action is in response to a public campaign by some families calling for the legalization of medicinal cannabis. Families participating in the event stated that they successfully used medicinal cannabis to treat their children's medical conditions, including severe epilepsy.
Victorian Health Minister David Davis said that any legalized treatment needs to be based on scientific evidence. He said that there are currently obstacles to clinical trials for marijuana because doctors need permission to be able to test every patient in need.
Davis said the Victorian government will also consider lifting the ban on the cultivation of narcotic plants for therapeutic purposes in the context of clinical trials.
The government will form an expert advisory committee to seek approval for the use of marijuana to treat or relieve a range of painful symptoms.
Davis said that he will seek a way to cooperate in clinical trials of cannabis when he meets with colleagues from the federal government, state governments and territories at the meeting of the health ministers in October. "I think the important point is that the steps we are about to take are measured, practiced, and supported by the best scientific results."
The Victorian opposition party has promised that if it wins the November state election, it will legalize the use of medicinal cannabis for life-threatening diseases. The opposition party will consult the Law Reform Commission on issues such as prescription, manufacturing and distribution of medicinal cannabis, and intends to introduce legalization measures by the end of 11.
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