We could of course deconstruct the notion of there just being a “Medical Cannabis market” by looking at the US state experience over the last 5 years. But… let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Cannabiz write …..He told delegates: “I’m open to your ideas. What are the next steps that you need to see from the Australian Government? I may not accept all of them, but I want to hear the ideas.”
The question, of course is… who does he actually want to hear ideas from ?
We’d suspect just the usual players, listed companies, university quangos, lobbyists and “advisors”.
Does he want to hear from patients or those supplying patients who can’t afford prescription products, new political parties etc ?
We suspect not but it might be worth getting in touch to see how serious his offer is ?
Cannabiz have just published the following piece
Federal health minister Greg Hunt has said government reforms have helped the Australian medicinal cannabis sector grow to be worth $1.8 billion, but called on the industry to work with him to deliver further growth domestically and overseas.
Opening the Medicinal Cannabis Conference 2020 this morning, Hunt said legalisation in 2016, an emergency national inventory to support patients and faster regulatory pathways had allowed new products, providers and developers into the Australian market.
However, he said it was the decision to open up exports that had underpinned the growth of many Australian firms, who are benefitting from the tough regulatory environment at home to forge a reputation overseas for the highest safety and quality standards.
“The fact that we have the world’s highest standards, although it can be tough initially, ultimately means we have the gold standard for safety and quality and that’s recognised internationally,” he said.
Hunt said the domestic market will grow but “in line with prescriber practice, as it should be”. He added the Government’s task now is to help the industry register more products and develop the domestic market.
He told delegates: “I’m open to your ideas. What are the next steps that you need to see from the Australian Government? I may not accept all of them, but I want to hear the ideas.”