Medicinal cannabis trial launched in Queensland

QUEENSLAND will launch its own medicinal cannabis trial in conjunction with New South Wales and Victoria, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced yesterday.

The Premier said she had spoken with New South Wales Premier Mike Baird and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews about Queensland's commitment during meetings in Canberra.

"There has been a lot of debate about the benefits of medicinal cannabis treatment, both here and overseas," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"I have received significant correspondence from Queensland families urging our government to take part in the trial being run by the New South Wales Government.

"Just last week I spoke to a Toowoomba mother whose son suffers from a severe form of epilepsy, and all she wants is a government that's willing to step up and investigate this form of treatment.

"I have listened to the views of those Queenslanders, and now my Government will make that commitment."

Ms Palaszczuk said Queensland's trial would be co-ordinated by NSW Health, and would allow Queensland and national experts to look deeper into the issue.

Health Minister Cameron Dick said Queensland Health would now work closely with NSW Health.

"This is a great example of where governments can work together to achieve real health outcomes," he said.

"We will now begin discussions with our New South Wales colleagues, who have already undertaken initial work in this area, to ensure we get the structure right."

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