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Troy Langman

Troy is one of the original participants in the development of the Australian medicinal cannabis sector, beginning in 2013 as the founder of TasmanHealth Cannabinoids Pty Ltd in Hobart, Tasmania (which became AusCann Group Holdings Limited, ASX:AC8) and as a leading advocate for the regulatory changes allowing the use of medicinal cannabis for patient treatment. It was Troy's brother Quenton who had been researching the use of medicinal cannabis overseas, who convinced Troy that cannabis had medicinal value, and so began the project.

Brief Background:

TasmanHealth Cannabinoids Pty Ltd was established in late 2013 (nicknamed TasCann by the media). 'TasCann' was given written support in February 2014 by the then Tasmanian Labor Government Health Minister Michelle O'Byrne, and encouraged to work with the University of Tasmania with the intent to grow medicinal varieties of cannabis and commence a clinical trial (to treat chemotherapy induced nausea) using vaporised cannabis. A change in government resulted in a change in policy.

Subsequently Troy lobbied a member of the Tasmanian Government's Upper House (The Hon Ruth Forrest MLC), which resulted in a committee inquiry that recommended 'urgent legislative reform in Tasmania' on the issue of medicinal cannabis.

Warren Langman (Troy's Father) and Troy were granted a license to produce medicinal cannabis in the Territory of Norfolk Island later in 2014 (subsequently overturned by the Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development at the time).

While on Norfolk Island a local resident suggested to Troy that a patient advocacy organisation should be set up, and so Troy founded the patient advocacy group 'United In Compassion'. Back in Australia as its managing director, he worked with medicinal cannabis advocates to lobby the Commonwealth and State Governments, contributing to the passage of the Narcotic Drugs Amendment Act 2016 and the TGA revised Poisons Standard for cannabis, from schedule 9 to schedule 8; allowing for prescription by doctors and sales through pharmacies. Troy instigated and co-drafted a submission to the TGA arguing for topical applications of cannabis to be allowed (as the TGA was proposing internal human use only). Troy's group United In Compassion organised two medicinal cannabis symposiums in 2014 and 2016 which had international scientists, doctors and advocates present to the public. The events were heavily supported by state and federal politicians who attended including the NSW Premier Mike Baird.

Before medicinal cannabis, Troy worked in the diamond and fine jewellery sector, then as a business banking manager at the National Australia Bank for five years, and also held various business management roles through his life.