Up to 90 children with severe epilepsy will have early access to medicinal cannabis in Victoria, as the state sets its sights on becoming the country’s leading exporter.
Victoria became the first state to legalise medicinal cannabis in 2016, and it has successfully trialled imported products on 29 children with severe epilepsy.
Now the state government will fund up to 60 more treatments over the next two years, with more to come once local products become available.
“These are children for whom, very sadly, the long-term prognosis is not always a positive one and simply cannot afford to wait until the Commonwealth funding arrangements catch up,” Health Minister Jill Hennessy said on Wednesday.
“For many of these children, this medication has led to a reduction in seizures and making an incredibly important difference in their daily lives and in the lives of their families.”
The announcement came after the Federal Government legalised medicinal cannabis exports from Australian producers.
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