Olivia’s medical marijuana crusade gets $ 3 million grant
THE federal government has promised to spend millions of dollars investigating the benefits of medicinal cannabis in cancer treatment.
Health Minister Greg Hunt will today announce $3 million for research into the use of medicinal cannabis for the relief of pain, symptoms and treatment side-effects in cancer patients.
The news will be delivered at the Olivia Newton-John Wellness Walk And Research Run, which kicks of at Alexandra Gardens in Melbourne this morning.
Funds from the event go towards cancer research and providing patients with access to world-leading wellness and recovery programs.
Aussie icon Olivia Newton-John, now 71, has been a staunch advocate for the use of medicinal cannabis in cancer treatment following her own experience with, and treatment for, metatastic breast cancer.
Mr Hunt said the government was committed to ensuring a safe, quality supply of medicinal cannabis to Australian patients, but only when it was prescribed by medical professionals.
He said more research on medicinal cannabis was needed and there had been few well-designed clinical studies to date.
The government supported the nation’s medicinal cannabis industry and had cut red tape to help meet demand.
The medicinal cannabis industry had the potential to make a major contribution to the country’s economic growth, with 78 licences to grow and harvest medicinal cannabis issued since March 2017.
More than 11,000 patients had been approved to use medicinal cannabis.