Last week the The Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT’s) participation in a national cannabis trial seemed unlikely, but there is a growing community support for medical cannabis and the ACT government joined the national clinical cannabis trial.
Joining a large population trial would represent a significant win for Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, who has previously lobbied the Abbott Government for a national trial and sought access to the planned NSW study from Premier Mike Baird.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has also offered public support for legal cannabis use as part of treatment for terminal and chronic illnesses and the politics of the issue have changed dramatically in recent months.
A separate medical cannabis bill for the ACT, introduced by Greens minister Shane Rattenbury, is set to be considered by a Legislative Assembly committee with a report due by June 2015.
Use of cannabis for medical treatment would require an application to the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
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