Do we need trials or not? The debate on medical cannabis

The potential reintroduction of medical cannabis in Australia is creating debate about the need for trials, which are set to start next year.  

The Victorian Government in partnership with the New South Wales and Queensland governments have committed to clinical trials for medical cannabis in 2016.

Australian medical experts say there is a need for more research into various aspects of medical cannabis in order to legalise a drug that is safe to use for patients.

In particular, medical experts believe it will not be possible to determine a safe dosage of cannabis for patients based on only one clinical trial.

Health expert Emeritus Professor David Penington, who has advocated sensible drug policy in a number of major public health roles, said there needed to be more scientific research into the elements of cannabis that are not dangerous.

“It is perfectly safe from the point of view of serious mental illness to take...

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