The first two commercial shipments of medicinal cannabis products to be legally imported to Australia have arrived in Melbourne and Perth, and are to be held by Health House International in Western Australia and Pharmaceutical Packaging Professionals in Victoria, according to federal health minister Greg Hunt.
The first two commercial consignments of medicinal marijuana in Australia have been delivered to Health House International in Perth and Pharmaceutical Packaging Professionals Melbourne.
Both shipments of cannabis arrived in Australia from Canada and are destined for children affected by severe epilepsy and patients suffering with the side effects associated by cancer treatment.
According to federal health minister Greg Hunt “the new importation rules are making medicinal cannabis products more readily accessible to Australian doctors where they believe it can provide a clinical benefit to their patients.”
Additional batches of medical grade cannabis are expected to be shipped to Australia in May, with 30 import permits granted since the federal government carried out legislative amendments to the legal cannabis policy in February, essentially making medicinal cannabis legal in Australia. The medical marijuana products will arrive again from Canada, as well Switzerland and the Netherlands.
New legislation has also seen five licences granted for medicinal marijuana cultivation here in Australia, three for research cannabis cultivation and one for manufacturing therapeutic cannabis products.
Doctors can now apply for the ability to prescribe cannabis therapies to approved patients, a practice which is currently slow to gain momentum, with no health professionals in Western Australia having applied to prescribe medicinal cannabis yet.
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