Victorian university students will be offered the chance to study the supply chain of medicinal cannabis following the launch of Australia’s first full-scale cannabis education program.
The Medicinal Cannabis Leadership Program, called Cann10, was launched last week by the Andrews Government in partnership with the DeakinCo, the commercial arm of Deakin University.
The 10-week program will begin in August and will include workshops, lectures and webinars on international and domestic law, chemistry and pharmacology, industry and commerce, agricultural science and clinical practice to find ways to advance the medicinal cannabis industry.
Victoria is the first state in Australia to legalise the use of medicinal cannabis for patients in exceptional circumstances.
‘‘Every step towards the establishment of a medicinal cannabis industry takes us closer to being able to provide product to Victorians who need it the most,’’ Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford said.
‘‘Victoria has always been at the fore-front of medicinal cannabis in Australia and education is vital to establishing the medicinal cannabis industry in our state.’’
Government scientists are currently using tools such as genome mapping and chemical analysis to identify specific plant strains that are expected to be beneficial for particular patient conditions.
Businesses can apply to the Commonwealth Office of Drug Control for a licence to cultivate and manufacture medicinal cannabis, with the first commercial licence awarded last week.