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Australia aims for global domination of medicinal cannabis market


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#1 IammuA

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 02:34 PM

http://www.abc.net.a...-market/9302524

 

 

 

Australia's fledgling medicinal cannabis market is about to get a big boost, with the Federal Government to allow exports of cannabis-based medicines.

Key points:
  • Regulations that currently prevent exports of medicinal cannabis products will be changed
  • The Government has high ambitions for the emerging industry
  • There will be "more than enough" for Australian and international consumers, Greg Hunt says

 

The move aims to create a bigger market for locally produced medicines so that there is a more stable and secure supply for Australian patients.

It is also a shrewd business move, with ambitions for Australia to become the biggest producer of medicinal cannabis products in the world.

 

"This is actually a very important step for our domestic patients and our domestic supply," Health Minister Greg Hunt said.

"By knowing they have an Australian market and an international market, that improves the likelihood of growing and production in Australia."

Regulations that currently prevent exports of medicinal cannabis products will be changed once Parliament resumes in February.

The changes will cover cannabis-based treatments such as oils, patches, sprays, lozenges and tablets that have the potential to relieve the pain and symptoms of a myriad of conditions.

The Federal Government has high ambitions for the emerging industry.

"We would like to be, potentially, the world's number one medicinal cannabis supplier," Mr Hunt said.

He said it was likely there would be "more than enough" for both Australian patients and international consumers.

"One of the conditions of any licence for export is that medicinal cannabis be made available to Australian patients first," Mr Hunt said.

"The sector is fully supportive of that. Australian patients come first."

'No real government barriers' to accessing cannabis

The number of patients being prescribed medicinal cannabis has been limited since Parliament passed laws permitting its use in 2016.

 

Advocates have pointed to the unwillingness of many doctors to prescribe it, as well as the special access arrangements doctors must follow, as hurdles to broader use of the drug.

But Mr Hunt has dismissed the criticism, citing a "progressive increase" in prescriptions.

 

"There are now no real government barriers at all to accessing medicinal cannabis," he said.

"It is up to individual doctors — governments shouldn't interfere in the prescribing practices of individual doctors."

He said it was "understandable" that many doctors would be cautious about a drug that has only recently been approved for medical use.

"We are working with the Australian Medical Association and the College of GPs to ensure that doctors have the full information, so they can ensure whether this is or isn't in the best interest of their patients," he said.

 

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 03:46 PM

It, of course, will work perfectly...because government... :teasing-smiley-sticking-tongue- deadhorse.gif


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Posted 04 January 2018 - 03:16 AM

Watch out Canada.  Australia wants some of the pie.  Curious as to what the special access arrangements are that doctors must follow?


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Posted 04 January 2018 - 03:36 AM

Hmmm...lets put this into some sort of perspective... here in oz we have 350 patients taking legal medical cannabis...and we have only 30 doctors allowed to prescribe cannabis....this for a country the size of the continental USA!!!

 

Here in my state there are 2 medical reasons you can get cannabis as far as I have been able to find out.

 

1 you suffer from SEVERE epilepsy and have proven resistant or untreatable by all conventional anti-epileptic drugs [some of which cost thousands of $ per month...and you HAVE to go on them to prove they dont work for you...who has this sort of $ to blow for nothing, eh?]

 

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2 you have medical forms from a doctor saying you have 3 months or less to live....now get this, it takes 6 months to import your medicine so you either die before it gets to you OR you outlive the 3 month time limit and thus become ineligible.

 

 

This is a blatant cashgrab, NOT ANYTHING WHATSOEVER to do with helping sick ppl. and yes...this means so much to me I, for the only time ever spelt wh@ the correct way just to make my point! :toking:

 

 

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Edited by IammuA, 04 January 2018 - 03:42 AM.

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 08:03 AM

got a 100,000 square foot facility built next to the airport in edmonton ready to go as soon as the feds legalize it.


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#6 IammuA

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 01:09 PM

Hmmmm ....are air filters enough to remove the smell of aero fuel? :D .... or is diesel going to be overtaken by avgas strain? Hysterical

 

 

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 01:56 PM

Hmmmm ....are air filters enough to remove the smell of aero fuel? :D: .... or is diesel going to be overtaken by avgas strain? Hysterical

 

 

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Jet fuel is basically very high quality of kerosene, which in turn is a light fraction of fuel oil. It smell, but pollution requirements make it unlikely. Small plane avgas is high grade gasoline. I'm willing to bet that SMELL is going to be the least of their problems, with "inventory shrinkage" the big problem... :passit:


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#8 IammuA

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 02:55 PM

ya gotta point KD  :passit:

 

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 11:57 PM

http://www.abc.net.a...atients/9306366

 

 

 

Medicinal cannabis access still challenging for regional patients in wake of Government's export push

 

For Kathy McLean, every day is painful and confusing.

"She has to be helped in and out of bed, her memory has gone, she has sore feet and gets sore legs so in the middle of the night she's got to get up and go for a walk," husband Lex McLean said.

"We've lived in this house for 25 years and if she wants to go to the toilet, she has to ask me where it is."

Mrs McLean has Alzheimer's and Parkinson's as well as a condition known as Lewy body, a form of dementia that causes anxiety attacks and is terminal.

Her husband, who is also her full-time carer, has tried everything to relieve her pain and anxiety, and believes medicinal cannabis is the only solution.

The Federal Government legalised medicinal cannabis use in 2016 and yesterday Health Minister Greg Hunt announced plans to allow the export of medicinal cannabis products.

Mr Hunt said he hoped Australia will become the world's top medicinal cannabis supplier.

But Australians like Mrs McLean are still having trouble accessing the drug here at home.

The couple has managed to source a small amount of medical hemp oil which showed promising improvements in Mrs McLean's symptoms.

Her application to NSW Health to join a medicinal cannabis program has been rejected twice, despite her having support from two leading Australian specialists and approval from the Therapeutic Drugs Administration.

Patients in regional locations face bias

The couple lives in Tumut in southern New South Wales and their regional location was identified as a major reason for their application being rejected as their specialists are Sydney-based.

"Country people can't be discriminated against," Mr McLean said.

"I can get from Wagga to Sydney in an hour, you can't even get across Sydney in that time.

"I could hop in the car right now if someone rang and be there tonight."

The chief health officer for NSW Health, Dr Kerry Chant, has stressed that access to medicinal cannabis clinical trials are limited to patients who have tried all other avenues of treatment and pain relief.

"In providing advice to doctors dealing with palliative care, patients' standard medications must be optimised," Dr Chant said.

"Before adding cannabis, it's important to make sure you've got therapeutic levels of other pain relief."

Dr Chant also believes use of medicinal cannabis can only increase once stronger evidence of its benefits is available.

"One of the challenges is that many of the studies that have been done have been small and done without appropriate controls, or have not been compared to current Australian standards," she said.

"High quality evidence is what we need."

But Mr McLean asks: "How are you going to get clinical evidence if you don't include people who are prepared to try it?"

The next step towards achieving Dr Chant's goal came recently when the State Government announced $6 million to go towards more research and a statewide advisory hotline for doctors seeking more information and guidance.

Dr Rodney Kurtzer, a general practitioner in the NSW Riverina town of Temora, welcomes the move.

He said he believed there was a knowledge gap that needs to be filled, especially with more scientific evidence.

"A good medical practice is based on knowledge and a soundness of what you're doing," Dr Kurtzer said.

"Like all GPs, we are constantly referring, going back and looking things up, and if you had an information source at your fingertips, particularly in such a controversial area, it would be a great help."

Time is of the essence, though, for patients like Mrs McLean.

"It wasn't so long ago that Kath could shower herself, dress herself and feed herself," Mr McLean said.

"Now, every morning I have got to do those things for her. What she's got is terminal. How long, we don't know."

What Mr McLean also does not know is how much time medicinal cannabis will give his wife.

But he believed it was well worth a shot.

"We've got to try something better than what we're on," Mr McLean said.

"It's not working and the deterioration is still occurring. So what can we do? Forget about her? That's what they're pushing us towards."

 

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 02:18 AM

It does sound a little fishy/scam-like if they can't even help the relatively small group of patients they have now.  A long way from the global domination of the cannabis market.


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#11 IammuA

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 03:47 AM

nope...its a blatant cashgrab and tax grab, lass....no matter HOW they spin it.

 

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 06:33 AM

Hmmmm ....are air filters enough to remove the smell of aero fuel? :D: .... or is diesel going to be overtaken by avgas strain? Hysterical

 

 

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it's up wind from the planes....lol


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