Olivia Newton-John, star of stage, screen and sound, says medicinal cannabis will play a “huge role” in defeating cancer, in a new interview.

Speaking to The Independent’s Paul Hopkins, Newton-John, who has dedicated much of her life to charity after battling cancer on and off for more than two decades, said her Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre organisation was at the forefront.

“I intend to put more research into such. The Australian government have this year given me a grant which I am using to investigate cannabis treatment with our cancer patients, men and women, in Melbourne,” she said.

“I truly believe medicinal cannabis will play a huge part in defeating cancer.”

The actress, philanthropist and songwriter has been open about her use of medicinal cannabis, saying it had been “so important” in her battle with metastasised breast cancer.

“I absolutely believe all patients should have the right to try. It is a matter of common-sense and it is a compassionate thing to do for people,” she said, according to Today.

Newton-John also appears in a new Australian documentary aimed at improving patient access to medicinal cannabis, High as Mike.

Currently as it stands, Australian patients may receive medicinal cannabis, but only if they qualify under the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) special access scheme (SAS), which has strict regulations.

 

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