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Newton-John backs medicinal cannabis

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Australian singer and actress Olivia Newton-John. EPA/Mario Ruiz
Australian singer and actress Olivia Newton-John. EPA/Mario Ruiz

Olivia Newton-John will champion the use of medicinal cannabis when she is in Australia this week to raise money for her wellness and research centre.

‘I will do what I can to encourage it. It’s an important part of treatment, and it should be available,” the singer, who announced a second battle with breast cancer in May, told News Corp Australia.

The Australian entertainer said the drug – which is legal in her home state of California – had helped her during her second fight against cancer.

‘I use medicinal cannabis, which is really important for pain and healing,’ she said.

‘It’s a plant that has been maligned for so long, and has so many abilities to heal.

The government has provided a pathway for the prescription of medical cannabis, but the process has been described as “somewhat complicated”.

To date, fewer than 150 patients in Australia have access to medical cannabis, while the industry is still navigating the regulations around cultivation licensing.

Newton-John will be in Melbourne this week for a gala dinner for the world-leading Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne which she set up following her initial battle 25 years ago.

The 68-year-old announced on her Facebook page in May that back pain she had been experiencing turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasised to the sacrum, a bone in her lower back.

In addition to natural wellness therapies, Newton-John has undergone a short course of photon radiation therapy.

‘I decided on my direction of therapies after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists and the medical team at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia,’ Newton-John wrote on Facebook.

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  1. What is also needed is for the Traffic rules to be changed to allow a person using medicinal cannabis to drive their vehicle. I would benefit greatly by using it but dare not as if I am caught I would lose my licence, which is wrong when there is no THC in it. I need my car for the medical visits & volunteer work that I do.

  2. Best wishes Olivia,
    Of course anybody would endorse the use of this comparatively harmless herb with so many beneficial effects . It is so sad to see the legislation still controlled by such ill-informed ,
    knuckle- dragging morons, but even sadder to anybody paying any attention to them, in such a critical area as pain relief and nausea control.

  3. Thanks, Olivia! I have two friends undergoing chemo for cancer.
    Medicinal cannabis would certainly be a welcome addition to
    current ‘accepted’ treatments.

  4. Indeed it is sad that Australia is very slow on this particular progress. For some reason I thought medical cannabis was now legal. I suppose allowing 150 people access is supposedly legal?
    Good on Olivia for speaking out about this very pressing topic that really needs to be at The for front of medical advancement. Pity that Big Pharma has Australia by the short and curlies. And these roadside tests are utter nonsense. I’ve said it before and I will say it again; stop playing in your police sand boxes and arrest the real criminals!!!


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