The NSW Government is committed to developing a better understanding of the potential for cannabis and/or cannabis products to alleviate symptoms or potentially treat a range of debilitating or terminal illnesses.
Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research and Innovation
To help further our understanding of cannabis and cannabis-derived substances for therapeutic purposes, the NSW Government has announced the establishment of the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research and Innovation.
Clinical trials of cannabis products
The NSW Government is investing $9 million over the next five years on clinical trials of cannabis products. The trials will explore the use of cannabis and/or cannabis products in providing relief for patients suffering from severe paediatric epilepsy, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and for symptom relief for those with terminal illness.
Terminal Illness Cannabis Scheme
The Terminal Illness Cannabis Scheme is separate to the terminal illness clinical trial.
The Scheme provides guidelines for NSW police officers to assist them in determining appropriate circumstances in which to use their discretion not to charge adults with terminal illness who use cannabis and/or carers who assist them.
Guidance for medical practitioners has also been developed to assist when patients are seeking medical certification to access the Scheme.
See Terminal Illness Cannabis Scheme for more information.