Tasmania And NSW Reach New Marijuana Partnership

Tasmania And NSW Reach New Marijuana Partnership
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The New South Wales (NSW) government has announced that the NSW Premier Mike Baird and the Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which establishes a new partnership between both states when it comes to cultivating cannabis for various medical and scientific purposes.


Tasmania will responsible for regulating poppy cultivation. Meanwhile, NSW will be focused on clinical trials and research, which will be done by the NSW Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research and Innovation. The said trials will focus on three things: children suffering from severe, drug resistant epilepsy, adults with terminal illness and adults suffering from nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy. In addition, according to a report from Gizmodo Australia, this new MoU also means that Tasmania will become the first place in Australia which will be able to legally grow marijuana. 

Baird says that they are determined to learn as much as they can about possible therapeutics benefits of cannabis. Based on evidence from clinical findings, they also hope to be able to “provide safe and effective relief” for various patients already suffering from a wide range of serious illnesses.

Last October, the NSW government launched a world-first research program that focused on cannabis-based medicine for possibly treating children with severe drug resistant childhood epilepsy. This program is done in partnership with GW Pharmaceuticals and came with a $21 million government funding package.

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Meanwhile, both NSW and Tasmania governments shall be working with the Australian government as well as other state and territory governments in order to achieve national regulation.