AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand’s Misuse of Drugs Act Amendment bill has passed its third reading in what MPs and harm reduction advocates are calling the most significant reform in the Act’s 44 year history. Under the amendment, the police right to exercise discretion when it comes to prosecuting drug-related crimes will be codified into law for the first time. Police will now be required to avoid prosecution in cases where a health-based or therapeutic approach would prove more beneficial.
Educate Aussie Doctors about Medicinal Cannabis [United in Compassion]
Since 2014, United in Compassion (UIC) has fought for Australian patients to be able to access Medicinal Cannabis legally. We succeded in changing the law in 2016 but the medical fraternity is slow to come on board and support patients by prescribing. There are many reasons for this but one of the biggest is a lack of knowledge about cannabis medicines, their uses and how to prescribe.
The former head of the Australian Federal Police says prohibition has failed and it’s time to better manage the risks of drug-taking.
Longtime medicinal cannabis advocate warns Pete Evans involvement invites ‘controversy’ [news.com.au]
Controversial chef Pete Evans could become the public face of the push to legalise medicinal cannabis. But others are not sure they want him involved.
Marijuana legalisation could turbocharge NT via tourism, taxes, and horticulture, economist says [ABC]
Over the past few years the NT Government has tried a range of initiatives to increase visitation, spending more than $100 million on projects such as luring Instagram influencers to show off the stunning landscapes and boosting infrastructure investment. But could turning the Top End into the cannabis capital of Australia be the best way to turbo charge tourism?
NZ debates access to medicinal cannabis [The Conversation]
Cannabis-based products will be allowed to bypass usual processes required for medicines in New Zealand and go directly onto the market without any proof of safety or effectiveness. This unprecedented proposal is contained in the government’s consultation document on giving greater access to medicinal cannabis.
Ecofibre, the Aussie hemp giant [Business News Australia]
Lambert’s philanthropy is driven by his belief that “it’s an absolute disgrace that you’ve got kids out there becoming vegetated, all because they can’t get extract to medicinal cannabis because traditional medicines don’t work for certain conditions”. He describes this as a “crime against humanity” and he’ll be “campaigning forever” to make these kinds of medicines available and affordable. But the seasoned business veteran also has entrepreneurial nous and has sought to make hemp a viable enterprise regardless of regulatory hinderances.
It’s been nearly eight months since Michigan’s marijuana legalization law took effect and the first retail sales are still months away. Michiganders will have to wait until at least November to know if they’ll be able to buy marijuana at a store in time for Christmas — or wait until after the New Year.
A new law set to take effect August 29 could expose the medical cannabis information of more that 170,000 patients to police.
As a part of its annual college rankings, the Princeton Review has included the colleges that consume the most – and least – cannabis and just nine of the top 20 on the “Reefer Madness” list are in states with legalized cannabis.
Utah high court dismisses medical cannabis lawsuit [Marijuana Business Daily]
A lawsuit aimed at overturning a move by Utah lawmakers to replace a more liberal medical marijuana system with a more restrictive one came to an end in the state Supreme Court. The suit, filed by an organization called The People’s Right, was tossed by the state Supreme Court after it determined the Legislature and governor were well within their legal rights to replace the ballot measure legalizing MMJ with a new law because it had over two-thirds support in both legislative chambers.
New York state on Monday decriminalized recreational marijuana use, meaning possession of small amounts of the drug will be punished with fines rather than jail time, a step short of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s goal of legalizing pot. Cuomo said the measure would also allow a mechanism for clearing the records of people who had been criminally convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ordered the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to explain why it has yet to respond to nearly two dozen researchers around the U.S. who applied three years ago for a DEA license to grow research cannabis.
The unraveling of harsh anti-pot laws across the world is finally coming to Asia.
Poland Pushes Forward On Reform [Cannabis Industry Journal]
The Eastern European country continues to form the required ecosystem to create the groundwork for an industry.
Ireland Partially Decriminalizes All Drugs [Cannabis Now]
After years of planning, Ireland has finally moved ahead to decriminalize first-time drug offenders — and not just for cannabis.
Cash-strapped Zimbabwe to make cannabis main export [Business Day]
The cash-strapped Zimbabwean government said on Tuesday that it will amend its laws to allow industrial production and export of cannabis in a desperate effort to boost its foreign currency earnings.
French cannabis legalization debate ignores race, religion and the mass incarceration of Muslims [The Conversation]
Evidence suggests that cannabis prohibition over the past 50 years has disproportionately punished France’s Muslim minority.
Fair(er) trade options for the global cannabis market [Transnational Institute]
Luxembourg to be first European country to legalise cannabis [The Guardian]
Luxembourg has called on its EU neighbours to relax their drug laws as its health minister confirmed plans to become the first European country to legalise cannabis production and consumption.
Why the Swiss have the CBD hub of Europe? [Heidi’s Garden]
- The only country with a 1% THC Threshold
Hemp Cultivation, one of the few countries where you don’t need a License
You can buy Cannabidiol products either as a supplement, cosmetic or cigarette
Most German pharmacists support medical marijuana, but they want more info [Marijuana Business Daily]
Pharmacists play a key role in medical marijuana distribution in Germany because they are the only legal point of sale. According to the paid report, the majority of pharmacists in Germany generally favor medical cannabis – as long as they’re the ones responsible for dispensing it.
“We need to persuade the government to take these decisions away from a department that deals with illegal drugs and guns, and put it in the hands of somewhere like the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. We need to get them to see the benefits of CBD and hemp in general rather than look upon it as a criminal matter.”
A Social Equity Model for UK Cannabis Law Reform? [Talking Drugs]
Social equity models for cannabis reform have concentrated on increased participation among minority and historically disadvantaged groups by removing barriers and giving priority access to the legal recreational and medical cannabis markets.
Building cannabis factories in Britain’s neglected post-industrial towns may be the solution to unemployment problems. Jonathan Djanogly, who served as an under-secretary for justice under David Cameron, said towns in Canada with declining manufacturing industries had reinvented themselves as hubs for the cannabis industry.
A group of cross-party MPs who’ve been on a fact-finding trip to Canada predict the UK will fully legalise cannabis use within five to ten years.
BUSINESS & POLICY
Bags stuffed with cash add to pressure for cannabis banking law [BNN Bloomberg]
Senator Jeff Merkley once shadowed a cannabis grower and dispenser as he tried to pay his state taxes. He stuffed a backpack with US$70,000 in US$20 bills and drove 50 miles — unguarded — with the bulging bag in the back seat. Once he arrived at the Oregon Department of Revenue, he went through multiple rounds of security to deposit his satchel in a room packed with guards looking after the millions of dollars pouring in from other cannabis companies. Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, likes to recount the story to show the lunacy of the federal government’s treatment of the cannabis industry.
How Is Marijuana On The Black Market Shifting the Industry [Marijuana Stocks]
One of the only issues that the USA has run into with legal cannabis is the curbing of the black market. Because the prices of illegal cannabis is so much cheaper than that of legal cannabis. This is due to the high amount of taxes that can depend on broad location and more specific areas. These taxes can compound as well at times leading to an almost 40% mark up on cannabis products.
3 Ways Marijuana Legalization 2.0 Will Disappoint Investors [The Motley Fool]
The mid-December launch of edibles, vapes, and infused beverages in Canada won’t live up to the hype.
Drug traffickers have used two private companies which were set up by Crown Resorts with Crown executives as directors to bank suspected proceeds of crime, federal investigations have alleged.
Australia tipped to become ‘envy of the world’ in cannabis — as Aussie and US companies hunt for weed farm locations [Business Insider Australia]
The Asia-Pacific medicinal cannabis market has been tipped to heat-up by the two companies involved in the launch of a new Australia-based marijuana cultivation business.
Massachusetts-based cannabis firm Curaleaf Holdings is on its way to becoming the largest weed business in America, following a new merger with the Chicago-based GR Companies, proprietor of the Grassroots Cannabis dispensary chain.
HEALTH & SCIENCE
Inquiry into drug driving reform [Enpsychedelia]
The National Drug Driving Working Group clearly states that drug driving laws are specifically a driving offense and not a drug offense. Despite this, people who are not impaired, but may still have trace amounts of one of three prescribed substances in their bodily fluid, are frequently charged with a road offense. There is a significant economic and social burden from these unjustified infringements.
E-Petition: Inquiry into drug driving reform [Parliament of Victoria]
Gateway to Good Health [Weed Billboards]
Celebrating Cannabis [Australian Cannabis Awards]
E-Petition: Legalise cannabis for recreational use [Parliament of Victoria]
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]
MardiGrass Hemposium 2019 Talks now Available on YouTube [Hemp Embassy]
EP202 – Roadside Drug Testing Panel at Nimbin Mardi Grass [Enpsychedelia]
Nimbin Medican Workshops on YouTube [Hemp Embassy]
DRUG WAR OVER! [Radio Documentary]
View five new EGA video presentations on ethnobotanical plants and psychedelics [Entheogenesis Australis]
To mark the anniversary of our special gathering and end the year on a high note, we’ve released five new videos of talks from the Psychedelic Symposium that are now available to watch online and can also be found below in this email.