AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
Jeremy Bester has trialled, and failed, 16 drugs over two decades. Diagnosed with refractory epilepsy as a child, the 27-year-old has been living with severe, uncontrollable seizures ever since. Last month Jeremy was notified by his Melbourne-based neurologist, Dr Simon Bower, that his application to the Tasmanian Government’s Controlled Access Scheme had been rejected. The news came almost a year to the day since Jeremy’s first application was denied, on the grounds that he had not tried enough conventional treatments.
Drugs: on medication, legalisation and pleasure [The Monthly]
Australia already spends twice as much on the (evidently ineffective) policing of drug supply as it does on health and social services aimed at reducing demand, preventing harm and promoting treatment. Use of illicit substances has risen consistently since prohibition in the 1970s. What are we to do? Incarcerate ever-increasing segments of our population as they’ve done in the US, causing great suffering? To no avail?
Bod teams up with Chemist Warehouse to distribute medicinal cannabis products [Business News Australia]
After securing its first prescription approval for MediCabilis in October, Bod (ASX: BDA) has announced a partnership with a leading pharmacy chain to distribute its hero product. Chemist Warehouse will manage the dispensing of Bod’s medicinal cannabis products nationally, starting with its pharma grade CBD oil MediCabilis. The Cannabis company, which Business News Australia named the 14th largest cannabis company in the country, will also initiate a training program for pharmacists at Chemist Warehouse.
Cann Group is designing a huge glass roof for its mammoth cannabis-growing facility at Melbourne Airport — one of the first of its type in the world.
World Health Organization November Meeting To Review Cannabis [Cannabis Industry Journal]
In a sign that cannabis reform is now on the march at the highest level of international discussion, the World Health Organization (WHO) will be meeting in November to formally review its policies on cannabis. This will be the second time in a year that the organization has met to review its policies on the plant, with a direct knock-on effect at the UN level.
The Republic of Vanuatu—a South Pacific country with a population of 277,000—has announced they will be legalizing medical marijuana. The small archipelago nation off the west coast of Australia hopes to have their first medical marijuana production licenses issued by the end of the year.
Mexico’s Next Interior Secretary Introduces Marijuana Legalization Bill [Medical Marijuana Inc]
A key Mexican Senator this month introduced legislation to legalize the possession, use, cultivation, and sale of marijuana. Senator Olga Sánchez Cordero, picked to be the country’s next interior secretary by president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, believes ending the prohibition of marijuana will help eradicate the violence and poverty that has bred from the war on drugs.
Thailand’s Cabinet gives green signal for medical use of marijuana but seeks 5-year review [The Nation]
The cabinet yesterday cleared a bill to legalise the medical use of marijuana but added a condition that the legalisation must be reviewed after five years. The bill has been drafted by the National Legislative Assembly (NLA).
A death sentence given to a young man selling cannabis oil to the ill has stirred debate in Muslim-majority Malaysia about its ultra-tough drug laws. The case has prompted calls for the country to become the first in Asia to legalise medical marijuana – but long-held stigma and a mostly conservative population means change could come slowly.
Once the reform takes effect, any company certified by the ministry as meeting its standards will be able to supply cannabis products to pharmacies.
The Health Ministry has issued a temporary stop work order against Israel’s largest medical cannabis company, Tikun Olam, over concerns that the company’s cannabis drying process was not up to code, leaving thousands of patients in limbo.
Tips for success in Uruguay’s blossoming cannabis industry [Marijuana Business Daily]
While Uruguay holds the distinction of being the first country to federally legalize recreational marijuana, only two of the licensed companies – ICC Labs and Simbiosys – operate in the adult-use segment.
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.
A police boss with responsibility for drug abuse has said he is “impressed” by cannabis clubs. Hardyal Dhindsa, who is the lead on substance abuse for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, has said the war on drugs is not working. He said it was time to look at other ways of tackling drug addiction and use.
Key Findings from Volteface’s UK Cannabis Poll [Volteface]
2018 has been a significant year for cannabis policy, with the Billy Caldwell campaign kicking off in June, The Children’s Inquiry published in September and Canada recently becoming the first G7 country to legalise cannabis for recreational use.
BUSINESS & POLICY
HEALTH & SCIENCE
More Evidence: Cancer “Commits Suicide By Eating Itself” After Exposure to Cannabis [Health & Fitness]
Christina Sanchez, a molecular biologist from Compultense University in Madrid, first reported in 1998 that TetraHydroCannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive component of cannabis, induces tumor cell suicide while leaving healthy non-tumor cells alone.
700 Medicinal Uses Of Cannabis Sorted By Disease [Ehealth Mag]
A collection of clinical studies, papers and reference providing the ultimate resource for medical disorders helped by medical marijuana. If a link doesn’t work , try Weedbay.
It’s been six years since Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana, and scientists keep on unearthing more data on the effects of the drug.
A new study in Clinical Kidney Journal indicates that the usage of marijuana by kidney donors has no measurable effect upon the outcomes of kidney transplants for donors or recipients. This study is the first to investigate the effect of marijuana use by live kidney donors.
Why Women Support Legal Marijuana Less Than Men, According To A New Study [Marijuana Moment]
There’s a peculiar gender gap when it comes to support for marijuana legalization—where women, a demographic that generally skews more liberal on a wide range of issues compared to men, are somewhat less likely to embrace cannabis reform.
In the UK, most doctors, and the medical profession as a whole, are ignorant and bigoted about cannabis.
A mother of a seven-year-old epileptic boy receiving medicinal cannabis oil treatment has launched a fresh campaign after new guidelines in the UK restricted the use of the product.
CULTURE & SOCIETY
Michelle Obama Talks Smoking Marijuana In New Memoir [Marijuana Moment]
Former First Lady Michelle Obama got candid in her new memoir, “Becoming,” which includes a brief admission that she smoked marijuana as a teen. In the book, released on Tuesday, Obama reminisces about her youthful transgressions, at one point writing that she and a high school boyfriend named David “fooled around and smoked pot in his car.”
Our pill testing plan will save lives [The Greens]
Every year, young people are losing their lives after taking dangerous pills. That’s why we’ve announced our plan to make pill testing available, easy and free at sites all over the country. Help spread the word and, together, we can change our drug laws for the better.
Prior to founding Compass, George Goldsmith and Ekaterina Malievskaia, a married couple, did not have experience in psilocybin research or working in the pharmaceutical industry. They’ve made headway thanks to tens of millions in dollars from investors including Silicon Valley libertarian Peter Thiel and former Wall Street-executive-turned-cryptocurrency-investor Mike Novogratz, along with the expertise and guidance of many long-standing psilocybin researchers. But many of those psilocybin experts now regret having helped the couple. Quartz spoke with 9 psilocybin experts who advised Goldsmith and Malievskaia, but today express concerns about the company’s motives and aims.
Shortly after 9/11, the CIA considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks. After months of research, the agency decided that a drug called Versed, a sedative often prescribed to reduce anxiety, was “possibly worth a try.” But in the end, the CIA decided not to ask government lawyers to approve its use. The existence of the drug research program — dubbed “Project Medication” — is disclosed in a once-classified report that was provided to the American Civil Liberties Union under a judge’s order and was released by the organization Tuesday.
The infamous Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was alternately portrayed at his U.S. trial on Tuesday as a calculating leader of a bloodthirsty smuggling operation that funneled tons of cocaine and other drugs into American cities and a scapegoat for a conspiracy whose actual mastermind bribed crooked Mexican officials as high as the president to keep his freedom.
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.