AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
Queensland proposal to open up medicinal cannabis access [The Brisbane Times]
It would be easier for patients to get access to medicinal cannabis in Queensland under proposed law changes. Health Minister Steven Miles on Tuesday introduced a bill to repeal the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Act 2016, and make other reforms. Under the changes, specialists would be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients the same as other controlled or restricted medicine, such as codeine. Mr Miles said the change would significantly streamline the prescription process by removing state-level approval, with the federal Therapeutic Goods Administration to be responsible for the prescription process.
Film director who helped cannabis campaigner Rose Renton guilty of drugs charges [New Zealand Herald]
A Kiwi film director who helped Rose Renton in her fight for drug reform and medicinal cannabis has been found guilty of drugs charges. The Herald first reported Arik Reiss was charged with possession of a pipe to consume cannabis and possession of a cannabis plant last year. The 44-year-old cannabis campaigner directed the 2015 documentary Druglawed, a film about the use of the drug and its law reform debate in New Zealand.
Althea Group bags medical cannabis export licence [Small Caps]
Medicinal cannabis company Althea Group has bagged its second licence in as many weeks after securing an export licence from the Australian Government’s Office of Drug Control (ODC). The licence grant means Althea now has full authority to export medicinal cannabis products and extracts manufactured in Australia to other countries around the world.
MCEC Melbourne (Jeff’s Shed) Saturday 8th December – 9.30am – 7pm Sunday 9th December – 10am – 4pm, Melbourne
GW Pharmaceuticals has been accused by campaigners of trying to monopolise the UK’s medical cannabis market – but some say they’re doing exactly what they should be doing.
The legal marijuana farm set to supply medical cannabis to the UK [Evening Standard]
This is one of the marijuana farms set to supply cannabis-based products for medicinal purposes to the UK. Groundbreaking legislation that came into effect on November 1 means that specialist UK doctors are now able to prescribe cannabis-based products, such as CBD oil, to patients. London-based Dragonfly Biosciences Ltd has announced that it has secured a licence to create CBD oil, and will begin the production and distribution of medical cannabis early in 2019. The firm produces the drug at huge open-air farms in Bulgaria.
Medical cannabis in the UK [the bmj]
It is difficult to know if restricted access to cannabis products under this new policy is deliberate or accidental. Either way it has given false hope to many people who may well be in need of hope as well as medicine, that seems cruel.
Professor Mike Barnes is without doubt the UK clinician with the most expertise in the use of cannabis as medicine. He should have been first choice as a member of the NICE committee charged with developing cannabis prescribing guidelines and, as reported here, its rejection of his application was greeted with astonishment. However, NICE relented and invited Professor Barnes to an interview. Now they have rejected him again.
Following the letter issued on the 31st of October 2018, this supplementary letter provides further guidance to clinicians and organisations following the re-scheduling of cannabis-based products for medicinal use in the UK on November 1st 2018.
Greece on Monday issued the first licences to private companies for growing medicinal cannabis in the country, part of an attempt to tap a burgeoning market worth billions.
Egypt MP Proposes Law to Decriminalise All Drug Use [Talking Drugs]
An Egyptian MP has proposed a draft law that would decriminalise the personal use of drugs, though the move has received a mixed response.
Jamaican Health Ministry Supports Conditional Use of Cannabis for Research and Medicinal Purposes [Jamaica Information Service]
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor-McKenzie, says the Ministry of Health supports the use of cannabis and products derived from the plant for research and medicinal purposes, where scientific evidence validates their benefits and effectiveness in treating specific conditions.
Dominica to host national consultation on marijuana this month [Jamaica Observer]
The Dominica government says it will hold a national consultation on the decriminalisation of marijuana later this month.
Lawsuit throws German cannabis program into limbo; deadline delayed to Dec. 11 [Marijuana Business Daily]
Another lawsuit challenging the application process to grow medical cannabis in Germany could throw the already-delayed domestic cultivation plans even further into a state of uncertainty.
While it has gotten decidedly less English-speaking press than other countries in Europe on the front edge of cannabis reform, Denmark’s pilot four-year cannabis program is chugging along nicely and can help provide a model for other European Union nations. The four-year program was authorized to begin on January 1, 2018.
Amidst Ganja Reform, Concern About Growers [St Lucia Times]
The St Vincent and the Grenadines Parliament is expected to approve, on Thursday, laws establishing a medical marijuana industry in the country.
Legal marijuana markets, psychedelic therapies and drugs and the Me Too movement are just a few of the topics covered in this year’s Global Drug Survey.
Medical Cannabis World Forum [Malta, 20-21 November 2018]
The Medical Cannabis World Forum will bring together experts from around the globe for a two-day conference which will take place on the island of Malta. The conference will be built around 5 pillars; Legislation, Business, Regulatory, Education & Research.
BUSINESS & POLICY
No extraction required: Smokable hemp trend gives farmers new use for flower [Hemp Industry Daily]
One of the fastest-growing hemp sectors bears a striking resemblance to the marijuana industry: dried and smokable hemp flowers. The growth of hemp pre-rolls and loose flower has roots in Europe, where cannabis enthusiasts have long embraced smoking low-THC cannabis, but its rise in the U.S. is catching longtime hemp industry watchers by surprise.
Security — and in particular secure transport — has become an integral part of the cannabis industry as entrepreneurs move wholesale cannabis shipments, packaged products, cash tax payments, and even employee payrolls around their state. GreenCart Solutions takes a new approach to cannabis transportation services by offering insurance with up to $2,000,000 in liability coverage for each ride.
In 2016, Florida Governor signed House Bill 307 that expanded the State’s Right to Try Act to include medical marijuana. However, two years after this initiative, little is known about the economic impact of legal medical marijuana use (MMU) on the State of Florida. The goal of this research is to forecast the total economic impact arising from MMU on Florida, from 2017 to 2025, using a dynamic input-output model. Input data for the model were obtained from the Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use. The economic impact of MMU was measured in terms of gross state product, disposable personal income, migration, labor force, employment, and salaries and wages. The legalization of medical marijuana in Florida is associated with an increase in all the economic indicators in 2017. A positive trend for these indicators is observed from 2017 to 2025 except for migration with a negative trend starting in 2019.
Cannabis Professionals. The Trade Association for the UK’s Cannabis, CBD and Hemp Businesses [Clear]
Cannabis Professionals (CannaPro) is the trade association for the UK’s cannabis, CBD and hemp businesses. CannaPro will represent this fast-growing sector to the authorities, standing up to the Home Office, MHRA, FSA and Trading Standards, advocating for members’ interests, not acting as a government enforcer but as its members’ champion and to promote the development of the legal cannabis sector. CannaPro will offer guidance and support to all businesses, helping them to navigate through law and regulations on drugs, medicines, food and cosmetics.
Legalization’s Often Overlooked Benefit: Economic Growth [The Marijuana Times]
While other benefits of legalization are important and often overlooked, the most overlooked benefit of legalization is also one that affects the most people: economic growth.
Marijuana Sales Just Jumped in California [The Motley Fool]
California’s medical marijuana market has been up and running since the 1990s, but its adult-use marijuana market only opened for business in January. Initially, the state’s adult-use market got off to a slow start, but third-quarter data suggests that perhaps the state is overcoming its growing pains.
HEALTH & SCIENCE
Authors reported that the use of cannabis, absent the simultaneous use of other drugs or alcohol, creates “only a fraction of the risks associated with driving at the legal 0.08 BAC threshold, let alone the much higher risks associated with higher levels of alcohol.” By contrast, they report that “the simultaneous use of alcohol and cannabis is linked to higher levels of driver impairment than either alone” – a finding that is consistent with much of the available literature.
Canada’s Grand Cannabis Experiment Has Set Scientists Free [The New York Times]
Legalization will vastly expand our understanding of the ancient drug plant and how it can improve lives.
CULTURE & SOCIETY
Petition: For a Referendum on Recreational Cannabis Use during 2019 NSW Election [Liberal Democrats]
Cannabis as Medicine Survey: 2018 [The University of Sydney]
Weed Billboards [Hemp Embassy]
Support Tony Bower’s Legal Fees [gofundme]
Supporting Andrew Katelaris [gofundeme]
Just Reform It! Let’s Get Real about Drugs [The Greens]
Survey: What’s the link between cannabis use and psychotic experiences? [The University of Queensland]
Nimbin Hemp Inc AGM 2018 [Hemp Embassy]
All members are invited to attend the annual general meeting at 11am on Saturday 1 December 2018 at the Town Hall, 45 Cullen Street, Nimbin. Nominations for an elected position on the executive committee must be received by the president at least one week before the meeting – email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 6689 0326. Voting for Office Bearers will be by open ordinary ballot by those present at the meeting only.
MCEC Melbourne (Jeff’s Shed) Saturday 8th December – 9.30am – 7pm Sunday 9th December – 10am – 4pm, Melbourne
Medicinal Cannabis Symposium [United in Compassion]
22-24 March 2019, Tweed Heads NSW
27th Nimbin MardiGrass [Hemp Embassy]
3-5 May 2019, Nimbin NSW
“I’ve tried to write an honest account of what it’s like for someone to come from a very un-parliamentary background, into a balance of power position in an Australian Parliament”, Fiona Patten said. “There are many similarities between my old career and my new one – although you are much more likely to be screwed in politics these days than in the sex industry. Machine politics, revenge and religion have turned politics toxic even in the last couple of years”. Read about Fiona Patten’s Track Record on Law Reform of Drug and Other Social Issues.
Nimbin Medican Workshops on YouTube [Hemp Embassy]
The new videos from the workshop on 20-21 October are uploaded and online now. Share the links, watch the videos, spread the word, legalise the herb.
MardiGrass Hemposium 2018 Talks now Available on YouTube [Hemp Embassy]
DRUG WAR OVER! [Radio Documentary]
‘Exposing The War On Drugs’ looks at how the war on drugs has affected Australia and the rest of the world.