Cathy Adams

Premier wants medical cannabis for non-terminal patients

MEDICAL cannabis could be legalised for New South Wales residents without terminal illnesses within a matter of months.

Premier Mike Baird told parliament he was proud of the current compassionate medical cannabis use scheme, but wanted to expand it to include patients without life-threatening diseases.

"At the moment, we are considering that: can that be extended?" he said.

"We want to provide as much compassionate access as we can across the state.

"And certainly, we expect that to be finalised in the coming months."

Trials are already underway for children with severe, treatment-resistant epilepsy.

Mr Baird said some of those children endured a seizure every minute.

US trials had shown medical cannabis to be effective in some cases although it had no effect in others, he added.

"For three out of 10, it's going to significantly reduce epilepsy, and for one out of 10 it is miraculous," he said. -ARM NEWSDESK


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