Victoria to legalise locally manufacturted medical cannabis

The Victorian Government says they are “committed to making medicinal cannabis legal for use by patients in exceptional circumstances. This includes making changes to Victorian law, facilitating clinical trials, and arranging access to a safe and regulated medicinal cannabis product.”

One of the greatest risks in relation to medicinal cannabis is that there is currently no regulated and standardised product, and no formalised, regulated system for oversight by an appropriate health professional.

Black market products such as oils, tinctures and plant matter can contain unknown ingredients that can put people at risk.  It is also difficult to monitor appropriate dosages, and there are risks in managing and predicting interactions and reactions with other medicines.

Once the laws have been changed, patients will be strongly encouraged to speak with their medical practitioners about the benefits and risks of medicinal cannabis, and whether it may be appropriate to treat their medical conditions.

How they will change the law.

The Victorian Government will introduce legislation before the end of 2015 to enable access to locally manufactured medicinal cannabis products for a limited and select group of patients.

The Victorian Law Reform Report on medicinal cannabis, which has been tabled in Parliament, includes extensive recommendations on how Victoria can enable access for people in exceptional circumstances and do so safely and securely, under appropriate medical supervision.

Key issues addressed in the Victorian Law Reform Report include:

  • The cultivation, manufacture and supply of sound quality medicinal cannabis products within Victoria
  • Patient eligibility, and conditions and corresponding symptoms
  • The importance of Commonwealth/State cooperation
  • Appropriate clinical oversight involving specialists, general practitioners, nurses and pharmacists
  • Research and evaluation.

The Victorian Government fully accepts 40 of the Commission’s recommendations, and accepts two recommendations in principle.

The Government will be working as quickly as possible to ensure Victorians in exceptional circumstances can access a safe, secure and reliable source of medicinal cannabis and will introduce legislation into Parliament in December this year.

http://www.health.vic.gov.au/dpcs/medicinal-cannabis

There’s a way to go with this and the extent to which this will apply is yet to be clarified but this is a positive move in Victoria, and if this works out as beneficial it will help New Zealand go down a similar legal path.

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  1. Zedd

     /  7th October 2015

    Great to see..
    maybe sometime in the near future NZ ‘power brokers’ will take their blinkers off too & actually see that Cannabis does have genuine medicinal value & its NOT just an excuse to legalise ‘marijuana’ (rec-use) as Dunne & co. keep saying :/

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    • Kevin

       /  8th October 2015

      ” & its NOT just an excuse to legalise ‘marijuana’ (rec-use) as Dunne & co. keep saying”

      I wonder if Peter Dunne said that while sipping on a glass of wine?

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    • I think you will find he is genuinely sympathetic and supportive for the genuine patients, who are far more likely to raise their head and be counted now with the momentum gained overseas.
      He was very clear about the problems he saw with those that are “muddying the waters” I have some juicy examples of those types I have spoken to online last year, one who queried using MC for Sunburn pain, (It actually happened!) and one who claim they need Medical Cananbis for pain after crashing a car and killing their kid (and then testing positive for Cannabis). Whatever your personal views on decriminalization are, it is irrelevant to the issue of access to Medical preparations of Cannabis, which the Australian States have just demonstrated.

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      • Kevin

         /  8th October 2015

        “Whatever your personal views on decriminalization are, it is irrelevant to the issue of access to Medical preparations of Cannabis, which the Australian States have just demonstrated.”

        Medical cannabis is legalisation by stealth as all someone who wants to have joint needs to do is find a sympathetic doctor.

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        • jaspa

           /  8th October 2015

          The medical preparations do not come in the form of a joint, and do not get the user stoned.

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      • @SLB
        I also have heard that Dunne is supportive of ‘genuine’ medicinal use.. BUT why is it that doctors can prescribe Opiates (class A) as they see fit.. BUT Cannabis (class C) requires 3 levels of approval (doctor, specialist & minister) does not make sense to I&I
        Surely Cannabis should need less strict controls; NOT more.. which leads me to think Dunne has a different ‘agenda’ than he, would lead us all to believe ! :/

        I look forward to UNGASS 2016, maybe the UN & WHO will ‘loosen the global controls’ ???

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        • Kevin

           /  8th October 2015

          Dunne for all his parading around as being progressive on drug law reform is actually an old school conservative. He’s all for drugs being made legal so long as it can’t get anyone high and can only be used for medicinal purposes. With the exception of alcohol of course.

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          • Zedd

             /  8th October 2015

            @Kevin

            ‘With the exception of alcohol of course’

            which makes me wonder.. is he (& others) receiving ‘incentives’ to maintain the status quo (alcohol & tobacco ONLY) ?

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            • Kevin

               /  9th October 2015

              Unlikely. The simplest explanation is that he’s an old coot who believes all illegal drugs are bad. As I understand the law it was changed to stop designer drugs. Previously you could import a designer recreational drug because being a new drug it was not covered by exisiting law. With the changes all designer drugs are banned except if it can be proven to be “safe” (an impossibility as there’s no such thing as a “safe” recreational drug).

          • Mike C

             /  8th October 2015

            @Kev

            Dunne is all for Drug Law Reform just as long as one of his family members gains business out of it 🙂

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  2. In related news, United in Compassions CEO got a slot on Talkback RE the possibilities of doing something similar to Victoria. http://content.radionetwork.co.nz/weekondemand/auckland/41445.mp3

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    • Mike C

       /  9th October 2015

      @Shane

      I still don’t have a problem with Medicinal Cannabis being legalized in New Zealand.

      Nor would I object to the use of Marijuana used on a recreational level.

      But I’d want the same legal parameters put on Marijuana usage to be the same as with alcohol … which is that there are limits to what can be in your blood stream if driving or in the work place 🙂

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      • Blood tests are a bust, it stays in the blood way too long, (weeks) other countries are working on other techniques, I think mouth swabs can at least indicate if someone has partaken in X amount of hours. The issue is with a conservative government, putting people with life threatening conditions or horrific pain in the same policy grouping as those who wish to partake for “s**ts and giggles” in there spare time.

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