Marijuana trials to include Victoria and Qld

The premiers of Victoria and Queensland on Sunday confirmed they would trial the drug as a treatment option, with children that have severe epilepsy to be the first to benefit.

Both leaders said the decision to join the trials came after NSW Premier Mike Baird raised the issue at a meeting of premiers in Canberra last Thursday, ahead of the COAG summit.

Mr Baird last December announced three separate trials – at a cost of $9 million – to examine the use of cannabis in treating children with epilepsy, the terminally ill and people with nausea as a result of chemotherapy.

Victorians and Queenslanders will now be able to take part in the trials. The first will be for children with severe, drug-resistant epilepsy and will involve between 60 and 200 participants.

It is scheduled to start enrolling eligible patients in mid-2016, with results expected to be available within 2–5 years.

In Melbourne on Sunday, Victorian