Medicinal Cannabis Industry Australia has released details of its conference program next March with the health regulator’s advertising rules, reforms to TGO93 regulations and global opportunities for the local cannabis industry all in the spotlight.

Fireside chats with former Greens leader and cannabis advocate Richard Di Natale and renowned doctor Professor Kerryn Phelps will also take place, while the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s John Skerritt and Avi Rebera will discuss possible future changes to the regulatory environment.

A chat with Richard Di Natale will take place on day one

In addition to the conference sessions, day one will feature a workshop offering a practical guide to prescribing medicinal cannabis in Australia. It will be run by Dr Orit Holtzman, president of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Cannabinoid Practitioners.

With the theme ‘Growing the Industry through Research, Collaboration and Innovation’, the ACannabis conference will open on March 14 with an address by assistant minister for health and ageing, Ged Kearney, followed by sessions on industry trends and regulatory issues at home and overseas.

Day one will feature a discussion on changes to TGO 93 regulations, and ask whether importers are ready for the GMP reforms which are set to come into effect on July 1.

That will be followed by a fireside chat on how to navigate the TGA’s strict rules on advertising and marketing.

Professor Kerryn Phelps

An international panel will discuss global opportunities and compliance, with the opening day rounding off with a session on innovation and R&D.

Day two will feature an interview with Di Natale, who will reflect on the industry’s evolution since medical legalisation and offer his predictions for the next five years.

Another session will see doctors and prescribers discuss best practice and how to achieve success while remaining ethical.

Delegates will also hear from Professor Phelps, chair-elect of the Hemp Cooperative Research Centre, with the conference concluding with an update on trials and patient outcomes.

Tickets for ACannabis, which takes place at Centrepiece at Melbourne Park on March 14-15, are available here

Steve has reported for a number of consumer and B2B titles over a journalism career spanning more than three decades. He is a regulator contributor to health journal, The Medical Republic, writing on...

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