Children with severe epilepsy, terminally ill adults and those undergoing chemotherapy in NSW could get to trial cannabis to ease their symptoms.
About $9m will be spent on at least three trials, some of which will be held at the Children’s hospital at Westmead and Sydney Children’s hospital.
The NSW government says if it cannot source medical-grade cannabis from overseas, it is prepared to look at growing it there.
“The government will assume responsibility for supply itself,” premier Mike Baird said. “If we have evidence that medical cannabis has the potential to change lives, then we need to do something about it.”