Government Endorsed Medical Cannabis Course Launches In Victoria

Medicinal cannabis education program
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Tertiary students in the Australian state of Victoria can now study all things medical cannabis in Australia’s first education program on the topic.

Launched yesterday at Parliament House, the Medicinal Cannabis Leadership Program is the result of a partnership between Cann10 and DeakinCo, Deakin University’s commercial arm.

Consisting of 8 weekly sessions, the program covers various aspects of the supply chain and related topics, incorporating historical, cultural, legal/regulatory, commercial, chemical and agricultural aspects.

“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,” said Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford.

“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.”

Among the facilitators and contributors in the delivery of the course:

  • Peter Crock – CEO, Cann Group
  • Phil Warner – Managing Director, Ecofibre
  • Dr Dedi Meiri – A/Prof Biology, Technion Israel Institute of Technology
  • Justin Sinclair, M.HerbMed, BHSc (Nat) – Chief Scientist, United in Compassion
  • Leah Bisiani, RN.1, MHlthSc – CEO, Green C Medical

Like many things connected to the industry, the course isn’t cheap – $6,200 + GST and only 40 participants will be accepted for the first round, which begins in August this year. Further details and a program guide can be viewed here.

Deakin University appears to have enthusiastically embraced the course.

“It is with great satisfaction that I am able to endorse Cann10’s unique approach that takes in basic biomedical science, agriculture and cultivation, and also entrepreneurship,” said Professor Jon Watson; Dean, School of Medicine Faculty of Health.

“This is very unusual, but also fit for purpose.”

Another, much briefer, course to be held in Victoria soon is a Australia’s first one day course designed by health care practitioners for health care practitioners. The event will occur as part of the United In Compassion Australian Medicinal Cannabis Symposium 2017.

Victoria is considered one of the more progressive states in Australia concerning medical cannabis and it was the first to legalise access for patients in exceptional circumstances. The state’s first first trial legal medicinal cannabis crop was planted in April last year.