AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

The NSW Cops Spent An Eye-Watering Amount Of Money Policing This Small Town Festival [Junkee]

Every year, the northern NSW town of Nimbin hosts MardiGrass, an event that’s part festival, part protest, and 100 percent committed to all things weed. Naturally, a celebration of all that cannabis has to offer attracts a fair few cops, and we now know how much the police spent on MardiGrass in 2019: more than a quarter of a million dollars.

High as Mike being screened for Barnaby Joyce to watch with Tamworth community [Northern Daily Leader]

“Our politicians are supposed to be representing the community, but I am not sure that is the case with medicinal cannabis,” Mrs Haslam said. “This is still a major political issue – the majority of the community seem to be in support of it – the same as the rest of the world – but in Australia we have adopted the wrong system.

High as Mike is playing at The Bush Theatre, Nimbin

Saturday 22nd June
Starts at 6.30pm
Tickets $10

Medical marijuana in Australia is on the rise, despite the high restrictions [7 News]

The cultivation of cannabis for medicinal and research purposes was made legal in 2016 – but figures released last month show that while medical marijuana use is on the rise in Australia, access remains highly restricted.

Seven ACT doctors can prescribe medicinal cannabis [The Canberra Times]

HEMP Embassy hosts High Tea for Peacebus

The Nimbin HEMP Embassy will be hosting a High Tea for Peacebus

4.20 pm Friday 21 June 2019 at the Hemp Bar, Cullen Street, Nimbin

The event will raise funds to keep Graeme Dunstan’s Peacebus rolling. See https://chuffed.org/project/keep-peacebus-rolling-on

NORTH AMERICA

Health Canada Caps Edibles at 10mg of THC Per Package [Ganjapreneur]

Under new Health Canada regulations, single-serving cannabis edibles will have their THC content capped at just 10 milligrams of THC per package. Industry advocates call it regulatory overreach and warn that the rules will lead to excessive packaging waste.

Most US drug arrests involve a gram or less [The Conversation]

U.S. drug laws are designed as if every offender was a dedicated criminal, treating the possession or sale of even small quantities of illegal drugs as a serious crime requiring serious punishment. Last December, my colleagues and I published a study on U.S. drug arrests, showing that roughly two out of every three arrests by state and local law enforcement target small-time offenders who are carrying less than a gram of illegal drugs.

How the New ‘420 Bill’ Could Completely Revolutionize Marijuana in USA [Marijuana Break]

The purpose of the 420 bill is to federally regulate, decriminalize, and tax cannabis products; just as we currently do with alcohol. In other words, it would completely change the face of the marijuana industry forever.

Nevada Law Bars Most Employers From Rejecting Cannabis Consumers [Leafly]

The law, which goes into effect in January, won’t ban testing job applicants for cannabis chemicals, but it will prohibit many employers from using the results to turn someone away.

Cleveland School of Cannabis Expands into Columbus [Ganjapreneur]

The Cleveland School of Cannabis announced its first physical expansion after opening two years ago will be a new campus in Columbus. The school — the only state-approved cannabis school in Ohio — recently reported tripling its revenues.

WORLD

UK: Isle Of Man Government Announcements On Medicinal Cannabis & Industrial Hemp [Green Market Report]

  • There was  very strong support (95%) for allowing cannabis to be cultivated and processed on the Island, subject to suitable regulation.
  • Strongest support (55% of respondents) was shown for the option to offer quality-assured medicinal cannabis products direct to the public through accredited dispensaries.
  • The majority of respondents (97%) supported the introduction of a regulatory framework within which industrial hemp production could be permitted in the Isle of Man.

Big Dutch cities, coffee shops say no to regulated marijuana trials [Dutch News]

A handful of the Netherlands’ medium sized cities have come forward to take part in the government’s controversial regulated marijuana experiment but the five biggest cities have all said no. The experiment with regulated growing is supposed to remove the gray area between the sale of marijuana in council-licenced coffee shops and the illegal cultivation and supply. However, there are so many problems with the proposals that the big cities, where most of the coffee shops are located, see no point in taking part. One issue is with the four year trial period, which will not be extended, even if the experiment is successful. Another objection is the requirement that all coffee shops within a council area take part in the scheme. In Amsterdam, with 175 coffee shops, this would be impossible to control. In addition, the coffee shops would not be allowed to sell any ‘foreign’ hashish, which currently accounts for up to 25% of sales.

Israel’s Kibbutzim Are Ahead of the Trend on Cannabis [CTech]

Notable public figures have made headlines this past year by jumping on the cannabis bandwagon, but Israel’s former agricultural communes have identified the opportunity long before.

From mellow to high: How the movement to legalise marijuana is lighting up Nepal [Kathmandu Post]

Nirakar grows cannabis indica, the most abundant marijuana strain in Nepal, which he puts up to dry alongside his mother’s garlic and ginger for his own consumption. But unlike his mother’s herbs, the kind he grows could cost him his freedom.  If caught, the amount of processed cannabis in his possession could earn him up to three years in prison, with fines of up to Rs 25,000, as per the Narcotics Drug Control Act 1976.

Medical cannabis in France: Latest state of play [Life Sciences Hub]

The French Senate held a hearing on 28 May 2019 entitled “Cannabis, a major public health issue” during which the senators present at the hearing came (despite existing concerns) to a quasi-consensus regarding the need of legally permitting medical cannabis in France.

BUSINESS & POLICY

Cannabis industry desperately needs to become credit card-friendly [Green Camp]

In some U.S. states, it’s been years since cannabis was legalized for medical or recreational purposes, yet you still can’t buy it with a credit card.

The Church Of England’s $10.5 Billion Fund Will Now Invest In Cannabis [Forbes]

When you look at it from a historical perspective, there is nothing in the basis of Christianity against medicine. Jesus himself was (and still is for many, today) a healer.

Beijing says US legalization of marijuana is a ‘threat to China’ [CNN]

Beijing’s leading drug enforcement body has blamed the legalization of marijuana in Canada and parts of the United States for a spike in the amount of drugs smuggled into the country, describing it as a “new threat to China.” At a press conference in Beijing Monday, Liu Yuejin, deputy director of the China National Narcotics Control Commission, said that the number of cannabis users in China had grown by more than 25% in 2018, rising to about 24,000 people.

HEALTH & SCIENCE

States that legalize it should set a minimum age of 25 or older.

Cannabis quality involves careful science and carefree highs [The Conversation]

Canada’s legal cannabis industry continues to make progress. Product shortages are decreasing. Store numbers are increasing. And edible cannabis regulations have just been finalized. With these basics falling into place, the industry and its regulators can focus more on competing with black markets. Product quality is one area where legal suppliers might have advantages. But to deliver good quality cannabis, producers must simultaneously aim for both careful science and carefree highs.

Metabolic engineering of cannabinoids – are we there yet? [News Medical]

As the legal regulations on the use of cannabis continue to become more lenient around the world, researchers have become increasingly interested in establishing techniques that will meet the growing demand to harvest this plant.

Does Endocannabinoid Deficiency Play a Role in These Common Illnesses? [Leafly]

Ethan Russo M.D., Director of Research and Development of the International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute has theorized that clinical endocannabinoid deficiency could be the cause behind irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, migraine, and other treatment-resistant syndromes. The ECS is present in every major bodily system, which is how its dysfunction can theoretically cause such a variety of conditions—and how cannabis manages to treat them.

Veterans Often Substitute Medical Cannabis for Alcohol, Prescription Drugs [NORML]

Military veterans who participate in a state’s medical marijuana access program frequently report substituting cannabis for alcohol and other controlled substances, according to data published in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

A New Study Shows that Cannabis Can Be Good for OCD [Civilized]

A new review of cannabis studies shows that cannabinoids can help treat symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, by targeting the endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in regulating the signalling in a person’s neurotransmitters.

CULTURE & SOCIETY

There is No Legalization without Home Growing [The Marijuana Times]

Not only is home growing a necessary part of legalization, it is inevitable. In a world where marijuana is being sold out of stores all across town, how would a prohibition on home growing be enforced? A ban on home growing is hard enough to enforce under full prohibition, how would it work under quasi-legalization?

What Are Cannabis Concentrates, Oils, and Extracts? [Leafly]

Cannabis concentrates, oils, and extracts offer many unique benefits that you won’t find smoking flower. From easy, precise dosing to clean and refined flavors, concentrates focus on the ingredients in cannabis that matter most. In this 4-part series, you’ll learn the fundamentals of concentrates, explore product options, discover how extracts are made, and more.

Police stats reveal the Queensland island where drug offences are rife [The Brisbane Times]

Someone is caught making, buying or taking drugs nine times an hour on average in Queensland, police statistics reveal. A total of 81,430 drug offences were committed in 2018, which included everything from large-scale ice trafficking to possessing small amounts of marijuana.