The Daily Telegraph reports
And as the state government prepares to launch its world-first drug trials, hospital ethics committees have given the green light for children with drug-resistant epilepsy to receive a cannabis-based medication.
At the same time, about 30 terminally ill adults at the Calvary Mater Hospital in Newcastle will be allowed to inhale vaporised leaf cannabis to alleviate their pain and increase their appetite.
Children taking part in the compassionate access scheme will be given the drug Epidiolex and monitored by the Sydney Children’s Hospital network at Randwick and Westmead.
The move comes less than a year after Medical Research Minister Pru Goward flew to the UK to convince the world’s top cannabis researcher to agree to test cannabinoid medicines in NSW.
In his only Australian interview last week, Epidio-lex founder Dr Geoffrey Guy said he was excited at the progress after an attempt to have cannabis-based drugs tested here failed more than a decade ago.