Lady Cilento Hospital 'likely' site for cannabis trial

LADY Cilento Children's Hospital would likely host Queensland's first medicinal cannabis trial, Health Minister Cameron Dick has announced in a letter tabled in State Parliament.

The letter, in response to a petitioner calling for Queensland to allow the use of medicinal cannabis, also revealed Queensland chief health officer Jeannette Young attended the first meeting of a steering committee for the clinical trial last Thursday.

"Queensland will be partnering on an interstate clinical trial of a cannabis derived product to treat children with severe drug-resistant epilepsy," Mr Dick says in the letter.

"…The Lady Cilento Children's Hospital is the likely Queensland trial site with the trial expected to commence in 2016.

"The trial presents an opportunity to demonstrate that medicinal cannabis can be a safe and effective addition to existing treatments."

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