Medicinal Cannabis Industry Australia (MCIA) chair Peter Crock and board member Patty Holmes met with assistant minister for health and aged care Ged Kearney in Melbourne this week. 

MCIA wrote on LinkedIn that the meeting was “productive”, adding “we are looking forward to working with the new government on medicinal cannabis policy and regulation”.

From left: Peter Crock, Ged Kearney and Patty Holmes

Meanwhile, the Australian Medicinal Cannabis Association (AMCA) is hosting a planning meeting in Sydney on July 27. 

It said: “We anticipate that the recent change of government in Australia provides an opportunity for AMCA and its allied organisations to present to the new government some potential solutions for the ongoing barriers to patient access.” 

The meeting aims to identify and prioritise the key challenges remaining, and to begin the formulation of a five-to-10 year plan that it can take to the new health minister and Labor government. 

Attendees will include industry members, advocates, academics, researchers and healthcare professionals.

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Last month, the Emerging Therapeutics Association of Australia (ETAA) said it was seeking a meeting with the new government as soon as possible to advocate for the sector.

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