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NSW to run trials for epileptic kids, terminally ill adults & canc

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"Medicinal cannabis will be used to treat children with severe epilepsy as part of a clinical trial in New South Wales.

The NSW Government will also fund trials of the drug's use on terminally ill adults and chemotherapy patients who suffer nausea and vomiting as a result of their treatment.

Premier Mike Baird said up to $9 million would be spent on at least three trials of cannabis-derived medicines to examine the benefits for patients suffering a range of debilitating illnesses.


Mr Baird, who announced the formation of a working group to set up a medical marijuana trial in September, said the Government would consider importing or producing cannabis once it had clinical evidence the drug could reduce suffering.

He said he expected hundreds of patients to take part in the trials.

The NSW Ministry of Health and the Sydney Children's Hospital Network have begun preliminary development work on the paediatric epilepsy trial, which is expected to start enrolling patients in 2016.

The epilepsy trial will be run through the The Children's Hospital at Westmead and Sydney Children's Hospital at Randwick.

The state's chief medical officer, Kerry Chant, will lead an expert panel to assess the benefits of cannabis-derived medicine..."


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