Queensland’s premier says there may have to be legislative changes to make way for medical marijuana trials in the Sunshine State.
Queensland will take part in medical marijuana trials, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced.
Ms Palaszczuk said Queensland will join Victoria and NSW in the trials aimed at helping people with various illnesses, including children with epilepsy.
But Queensland’s premier says there may have to be legislative changes to make way for trials in the Sunshine State.
“We are going to look at the legislative framework in relation to making sure Queensland is part of this trial,” Ms Palaszczuk told reporters on Sunday.
“It may require a legislative change through the parliament or a regulation change.”
She said NSW Health would co-ordinate the trial which she understands exempts families taking part in the trial from the ban on marijuana use.
“Queensland is not going to sit on the sidelines,” she said.
“We are going to be part of these groundbreaking trial.”
When asked if it was right for a Queensland father to be going through the courts for administrating medical marijuana when she’s announcing a trial, the premier replied: “This is a separate matter.”
Health Minister Cameron Dick said the trial would allow the states to get the science, safety and legal framework right.
“The clinical work in Queensland will complement what’s happening in NSW and Victoria,” he said.
An expert panel will look at the size and scope of the trial.
NSW is committing about $9 million towards the trial.
No medicinal cannabis trial for WA, Health Minister Kim Hames says
Western Australia will not join NSW in medicinal cannabis trials despite both Queensland and Victoria signing up to the research.
The three eastern states have agreed to decriminalise the drug for trials involving patients with epilepsy, end-of-life pain and chemotherapy-related nausea.
But WA Health Minister Kim Hames said research needed to be done on a national scale.
“There’s no point all states doing the same sorts of trials at the same time, so WA is waiting on the results of the NSW trials as agreed last year,” Dr Hames said on Sunday.
“If other states want to do their own trials, that’s fine.
“WA has offered our support to other states and we are keen to see the outcomes of the research being undertaken.”
WA Premier Colin Barnett has previously indicated he could support medicinal marijuana being given to patients in palliative care but maintained it was a very damaging drug.
Opposition Leader Mark McGowan announced WA Labor’s plan to legalise cannabis for medicinal use at the state branch’s annual conference in July last year.