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Israel: Australian Premier Visits, Learns About Israeli Cannabis Scene

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Israel-Cannabis.com's co-founder, CEO Saul Kaye met this week with Australian Premier Mike Baird and the Australian trade mission currently in Israel. Kaye highlighted iCAN's involvement in medical cannabis clinical trials and plant based research via iCAN's partnership with Breath of Life (BOL) Pharma. The two companies recently partnered to form the first private Cannabis R&D center in Israel.

"As a company in Israel with two Australian founders, I was especially honored to have the opportunity to present our initiatives in front of Premier Mike Baird and the Australian mission," Kaye said. "The mission visit comes fresh off our CannaTech global innovation summit as we are looking to collaborate on research and development initiatives to advance medical cannabis and further Australia's entrance into a responsible medical cannabis program."

Baird, the Premier of Australia's New South Wales district which encompasses Sydney and has a population of about 7.7 million inhabitants, is one of Australia's leading proponents of legalizing medical cannabis in his country and could be on the cusp of leading historic legal reform as clinical trials have begun.

Australia: $33.7 Million Donation For Medical Marijuana Research Inspired By Granddaughter

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A pair of Australian grandparents on Friday made the biggest-ever donation to medical marijuana research to investigate its use in treating childhood epilepsy and other diseases.

Barry and Joy Lambert's granddaughter Katelyn suffers up to 1,400 seizures a day, and medicinal cannabis could save her life, reports Alicia Wood at The Daily Telegraph. Lambert said he and his wife made the $33.7 million gift after seeing Katelyn respond to cannabis treatments for her debilitating condition, Dravet syndrome.

"Our vision is to make Australia a world leader in researching how to realize the powerful medicinal potential of the cannabis plant," Lambert said. "The experience of our granddaughter, who suffers debilitating epilepsy, has opened our eyes to the extraordinary possibility of cannabinoids treating not only her condition but a range of chronic illnesses that often don’t respond to conventional treatments.

“We believe this investment in the future of Australian science and medicine will provide the much-needed evidence to rapidly advance the use of medicinal cannabinoids in the treatment of childhood epilepsy and other serious illnesses,” Lambert said.

Australia: Medical Marijuana Set For National Clinical Trial

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's government has thrown its support behind a clinical trial of medical marijuana, with New South Wales Premier Mike Baird revealing that a deal was struck at Friday's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

NSW will lead the collaborative, national trial, with the support of the Commonwealth and other states and territories, reports Simon Thomsen at Business Insider.

The health ministers discussed medicinal cannabis at their meeting, but underlined their continued opposition to the recreational use and legalization of marijuana, claiming it is linked to mental illness.

Premier Baird last month announced that the NSW government had formed a working group to set up the clinical trial, due to report back at the end of this year. "A NSW working group is already driving this reform and we welcome the support of the Commonwealth and the states and territories for the conduct of the trial," Baird said.

“NSW is playing a leadership role but our historic agreement to work collaboratively on this significant issue means we have a far greater chance of success,” Baird said.

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