AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

‘Motivated by a genuine compassion’: South Australian cannabis supplier spared conviction [The Sydney Morning Herald]

An Adelaide woman spared a conviction after she supplied medicinal cannabis to people suffering from chronic pain says her case highlights the need for law reform.

Cannabis oil advocate Jenny Hallam spared conviction for supplying medicinal cannabis [ABC]

A South Australian cannabis oil distributor has been spared a conviction for providing the drug to terminally ill people, with the judge saying her actions helped rather than harmed the recipients.

Medical cannabis in the Territory: First NT patient fills their script [ABC]

The first Territory patient to ever fill a script for medical cannabis in the NT has now been approved, NT Health has confirmed. A spokeswoman for NT Health said individual patients from the Territory could have seen interstate specialists or been prescribed medicinal cannabis as part of a trial, but the Department had no record of it.

Western Australia relaxes medical cannabis laws, but adult-use legalization is still a pipe dream [The Growth Op]

Western Australia has substantially chilled out with regard to its medical cannabis rules. The general practitioners will be permitted to write prescriptions for medical cannabis, whereas they were previously obliged to refer patients for treatment with a specialist to qualify for a prescription for the drug. The Department of Health reviewed three years of prescription-related data before rendering the decision.

Road Safety Amendment (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill [Parliament of Victoria]

The leader of the Reason Party in Victoria, Fiona Patten, has presented a Bill to the Victorian Parliament to exempt drivers who are using medical marijuana from being penalised after testing positive to THC at a roadside drug testing (RDT) site, unless they are found to be impaired. 

Australia’s weed market could be worth more than $11 billion [Happy Mag]

No matter how, the weed industry is now flourishing, projected to hit more than AU $2 billion a year in Australia by 2023, according to the Parliamentary Budget Office. Already, cannabis is being added to salads, bath bombs and kombucha, since Australia legalised its industrial use country-wide in 2017, permitting sale of low-psychoactive hemp seed as food. And 329 pharmaceutical cannabis trademarks are lodged in Australia, followed by New-Zealand, Germany and Mexico.

NORTH AMERICA

How Vietnam veterans expanded America’s cannabis strains [Leafly]

Today’s plethora of cannabis strains, legal cannabis industry, and the tax dollars they generate, were created in part by veterans of past generations. The most influential generation of veterans may be those who served in the Vietnam War. Soldiers not only used locally-grown cannabis to cope with the stresses of war while in country; they also brought seeds home to North America, where they would become the progenitors of some of today’s most popular strains.

Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg propose easier access to pot for veterans [Greencamp]

A few front-running Democratic presidential hopefuls marked Veterans Day in the U.S. with proposals that will give veterans more access to medical cannabis. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mayor Pete Buttigieg both unveiled proposals Monday that would allow doctors with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to prescribe medical cannabis to those who have served in the U.S. army.

Florida Lawmakers File Bill to Offer Veterans Free Medical Cannabis Cards [Cannabis Business Times]

Florida Sen. Janet Cruz and Rep. Adam Hattersley have introduced a bill that would allow veterans to obtain and renew their medical cannabis cards at no cost. The legislation aims to offer veterans an alternative to opioids, and would be the first discount on medical cannabis in Florida, according to a local Bay News 9 report.

DEA Says Kentucky Has The Most Illicit Cannabis Plants Per Capita In The Country [High Times]

Both recreational and medical marijuana are illegal in the Bluegrass State.

Massachusetts Cannabis Regulators ‘Quarantine’ Vape Products [Ganjapreneur]

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has “quarantined” all vaporizers except for those “designed to exclusively vaporize marijuana flower for medical use patients.” The move comes less than a week after the federal Centers for Disease Control linked vitamin E acetate to the vaping-associated pulmonary injury. The substance was found in illegal and counterfeit cannabis vape pen products.

WORLD

Cirque du Soleil founder detained for growing cannabis on private island [BBC]

The co-founder of global circus company Cirque du Soleil has been detained for growing cannabis on his private island in the South Pacific. Billionaire Guy Laliberte turned himself in to police in French Polynesia. The Canadian entrepreneur is due to appear in court on Wednesday. In a statement, Mr Laliberte’s company Lune Rouge denied he was growing the plant on his private island of Nukutepipi for commercial gain. It said that he used cannabis for “medical” and “strictly personal” purposes.

Medical cannabis in the UK [Drugs and Me]

One year on, what has happened?

Medicinal cannabis in UK: just 18 NHS prescriptions issued since change in law [iNews]

Just 18 NHS prescriptions have been issued for unlicensed cannabis medicines since the Government legalised such products a year ago, i can reveal. A Freedom of Information request also shows that 104 private prescriptions have been handed out since last November, according to the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA), which processes over 1 billion prescription items every year.

China Says No to Marijuana but Lets Its Cannabis Industry Bloom [High Green News]

In China, marijuana is seen as a dangerous narcotic, and possession is strictly punished. That hasn’t stopped the country from trying to become a powerhouse in the fast-growing industry for cannabis products. China has grown hemp, a strain of cannabis, for thousands of years to use in clothing and traditional medicine and is one of the world’s largest hemp producers. The country is using that foothold to churn out cannabidiol, or CBD, a loosely regulated chemical related to marijuana that is finding its way into products as diverse as bath bombs and pet food.

Government throws its weight behind medical cannabis sector [The Times of Israel]

With the issuance of a wide-ranging ministry report on the medical cannabis industry, Israel is for the first time making clear its intention to back the burgeoning sector, according to a ministry official.

This Is What You Can – And Can’t – Take Medical Cannabis For in the UK [Huffington Post]

All you need to know about cannabis-based medicinal products, a year after they were legalised in the UK.

Portugal tries to position itself as Europe’s top medical cannabis exporter, but companies face challenges [Marijuana Business Daily]

Only a handful of firms are currently fully operational and licensed to grow cannabis in Portugal. Most are in the process of obtaining a license. According to companies operating there, Portugal enjoys some of the lowest production costs in the world thanks in part to its temperate climate and natural light conditions.

Medical cannabis in UK: Why are doctors still not prescribing it? [The Guardian]

More than a year since it was legalised, patients are still being refused the drug by the NHS.

Activists go on Marijuana March in Ukraine, demanding to legalize cannabis for medical purposes [UNIAN]

Some 500 activists representing several NGOs have gathered outside Government premises in Kyiv, Ukraine, rallying for the legalization of cannabis for medical use, according to an UNIAN correspondent. They require that the authorities allow the use of cannabinoids in the treatment of critical patients, and that the government increase to the objectively justified limit a threshold amount of cannabis allowed to store and carry exempt of criminal penalty. The campaign is aimed to attract government attention to the problem of criminalizing substances that are based on medical cannabis, said Alina Priymak, member of the Veterans for Medical Cannabis public organization.

Finland’s Government Will Consider Decriminalizing Marijuana In Response To Citizen Petition [Marijuana Moment]

Finland’s government will soon consider decriminalizing the possession and cultivation of marijuana for personal use after advocates garnered more than the required 50,000 petition signatures to trigger a review by Parliament. The proposals stipulates that possession of 25 grams or less of cannabis, and the cultivation of up to four plants, would not carry criminal penalties.

Cannabis in Thailand: How far will the green gold rush go? [DW]

Despite its stigma in much of Southeast Asia, a new law in Thailand allowing for the research and development of medical cannabis is blazing a path for the crop’s production and opening new economic opportunities.

Medical cannabis trial will target 20,000 UK patients [The Guardian]

Project backed by Royal College of Psychiatrists aims to be largest on drug’s use in Europe.

BUSINESS & POLICY

Cannabis Security: How Growers Can Prevent Internal Theft [Cannabis Business Times]

Insurance isn’t enough. Preventive measures are key to protecting crops as the workforce grows.

Missouri Proposes Cash Ban for Cannabis Company State Payments [Ganjapreneur]

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has proposed banning the state’s medical cannabis businesses from paying their taxes, fees, and penalties in cash. DHSS spokesperson Lisa Cox told 41 Action News that “large amounts of cash-handling will create challenges for state agencies and may create safety issues for medical marijuana facility employees.”

This Company Created the “World’s First” Stainless Steel Hemp Bucker [Interesting Engineering]

Iaso Goods, claims they have created the world’s first stainless steel hemp bucker. It works so smoothly. They say that it’s gentler than doing it by hand. Iaso Goods recently posted a video of their bucker in action on Reddit.

Cann Global to lower production costs and establish a medical cannabis production operation in South East Asia [Small Caps]

The venture is being developed for Cann Global to become “the first Australian company to have a full ‘seed to product’ Cannabis business established in Laos”.

Why These 3 Canadian Cannabis Giants Shouldn’t Struggle with Oversupply [Yahoo! Finance]

There has been a lot of hand-wringing lately about the alleged oversupply of cannabis in Canada, fear in many ways that is unjustified at this time. Beyond the obvious, there are a number of reasons why oversupply isn’t going to be much of an issue for major producers. Among them are the increase in retail outlets in Canada, rapidly failing small competitors, wholesale options in the near term, conversion of dried flower to CBD, inevitable decline in black market sales, sales to research labs in the U.S., and an increase in international sales.

HEALTH & SCIENCE

What women want to know: Breast cancer and cannabis [Common Citizen]

Women facing serious health challenges now have the option to use cannabis to ease the effects of treatment or the pain caused by breast cancer. Learning about the benefits of cannabis is an important step toward making informed decisions on how it can support health or improve quality of life.

‘Synthetic Marijuana’ Is A Dangerous Misnomer That People Need To Stop Using [the Fresh Toast]

Synthetic cannabinoids do not taste like cannabis, do not provide the same high, and in a frightening number of cases, cause nasty side effects, including psychosis and death.

The Race To Create Faster-Acting Edibles [Green Entrepreneur]

The biggest problem for the edibles industry is how to make their products kick in faster. The race is on.

Move over marijuana, these six plants contain cannabinoids, too [The London Free Press]

Here are six plants that interact with the endocannabinoid system: Echinacea, Helichrysum umbraculigerum, Electric daisy, Kava, Liverwort, and cacao.

The Companies Offering DNA Testing To Find The Best Cannabis For You [Benzinga]

Today, if you have $200 and a mailing address, you can obtain a personalized DNA test that will analyze your unique genetic characteristics and explain what type of cannabis best fits your genetic profile.

Cannabis could help alleviate depression and suicidality among people with PTSD [University of British Columbia]

The study, published today in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, is the first to document the relationships between PTSD, cannabis use, and severe mental health outcomes in a sample representative of the population.