Medicinal marijuana: NSW to run trials for epileptic children, terminally ill adults and cancer patients

Medicinal cannabis will be used to treat children with severe epilepsy as part of a clinical trial in New South Wales.

The NSW Government will also fund trials of the drug's use on terminally ill adults and chemotherapy patients who suffer nausea and vomiting as a result of their treatment.

Premier Mike Baird said up to $9 million would be spent on at least three trials of cannabis-derived medicines to examine the benefits for patients suffering a range of debilitating illnesses.