AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
Cannabis regulation in Australia could be about to become way less complex [Business Insider]
- A report into the Narcotic Drugs Act has been tabled in Parliament, recommending a number of changes to the licensing regime regulating the business of medical marijuana and other cannabis products in Australia.
- The report acknowledged the complexity of the current regulations. Of the 246 cannabis cultivation or research licence applications the government has received since June 2019, just 63 have been granted.
Med Cannabis Does Canberra ….Twice In A Week! [United in Compassion]
To everyone who’s contributed to our ‘Fixing Fund’ and helped get us to Canberra this week – a big thank you. It’s not just us on board with this either. Today (18th September) Olivia Newton-John, a tireless advocate herself and a Patron of UIC, is also at Parliament House with her husband John Easterling to push for much the same things that we did on Monday. Whilst there we won much empathy for patients.
Medicinal cannabis is legal but my 91-year-old mum’s struggle to get it was torture [The Sydney Morning Herald]
The cost of getting the first prescription: initial consultation $200, government documentation $250, pick up the script $125, prescription $600. Total: $1175. I also discovered that the cannabis oil came from New Zealand via its Canadian company and that no Australian company was licensed to provide it. Apparently it’s a very complex process. Having obtained the oil, my mum is now required to make regular contact with the clinic doctor so he can report to Canberra on how she is going. This is mandatory if he wants to retain his licence to prescribe.
AusCann sees medicinal cannabis as a big growth opportunity [The Advocate]
AusCann announced in July Westbury-based Tasmanian Alkaloids had entered a three-year agreement to supply it with cannabis resin. Tasmanian Alkaloids would supply at least 30 per cent of AusCann’s cannabis resin requirements for the next three years, with an option for a three-year extension. Tasmanian Alkaloids is best known for producing medicinal opiates from poppies grown in Tasmania.
The second-ever National Expungement Week (NEW) will be held September 21-28. It involves a nationwide series of events to provide expungement, record-sealing and other services to Americans impacted by the criminalization of cannabis. The full list of events—spanning at least 29 cities from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Worcester, Massachusetts—can be found here. NEW is organized by Equity First Alliance (EFA)—a national coalition of social justice organizations focused on equity issues in cannabis policy.
Are We Close to a Vote on Actual Marijuana Legislation in Congress? [The Marijuana Times]
Many of you have likely been following the saga of the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act currently making its way through the U.S. Congress. With over 200 co-sponsors in the House and now 33 in the Senate, the banking legislation – which would make it easier for state-legal cannabis businesses to deal with banks and credit unions – is looking more and more like it has a good chance of passing through Congress and actually making it to President Trump’s desk.
How state cannabis regulatory agencies across the U.S. have responded to the vaping health crisis [Marijuana Industry Daily]
State regulators overseeing the legal marijuana industry are adopting a wait-and-see stance as the industry determines what exactly is causing the health problems related to vaping, although California has come down more decisively against vaping of all forms. For the most part, regulators in more than a half dozen states are reacting cautiously while public health officials work to identify the cause triggering hundreds of illnesses and seven deaths connected to e-cigarettes and marijuana vaping devices, in both the legal and illegal markets.
Utah lawmakers have scrapped plans to have county health departments dispense medical cannabis products and have opted for privately-run dispensaries; this brings the Utah cannabis law more in line with the voter-approved initiative that was replaced by lawmakers.
Pittsburg to get is first cannabis manufacturing plant [East Bay Times]
The Pittsburg City Council took little time Monday to green-light the city’s first cannabis manufacturing plant, in an industrial area once home to the U.S. Army’s Camp Stoneman. Stoneman Laboratories LLC plans to manufacture medical and recreational marijuana.
Cannabis 2.0 Legalization: Canada Is Ready [Market Realist]
Next month, Canada will legalize cannabis-infused edibles for recreational use. The Canadian market will see a limited selection of products in retail outlets and online stores after the legalization, but not earlier than mid-December.
Slave Ivanovski was among North Macedonia’s biggest exporters of tomatoes and peppers until two years ago he switched to growing cannabis for medical use. “This is a very profitable business, which does not require a lot of hard work and has a future,” Ivanovski told Reuters standing by a large cannabis plant in his greenhouse in Stip, south east of the capital Skopje.
Paraguay will begin accepting applications for the domestic production of cannabis for medical and research purposes next month.
Colombia’s Congress to debate regulating recreational marijuana [Colombia Reports]
Colombia’s leftist opposition sponsored a bill to regulate marijuana as part of a package of legislation proposals that seeks to end the war on drugs.
BUSINESS & POLICY
Does Overregulation Drive Black Market Marijuana? [The Fresh Toast]
A new study found that high taxes and cost of compliance keeps many small-time players within the black market in legalized states.
As the high-CBD strain that won over skeptics and helped change the national conversation around medical marijuana, Charlotte’s Web may be one of the most famous cannabis strains in the world. Now the strain’s creators have another claim to fame: They hold the first US patent for a cultivar of hemp.
The more than 7,000 pounds of cannabis will be used in scientific studies investigating the effects of the plant.
A subsidiary of NYSE-traded giant Teva Pharmaceuticals has signed a deal with medical cannabis company Canndoc to distribute its GMP products to pharma customers, including hospitals, health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and all pharmacies in Israel.
UK cannabis accounting industry ready to roll [Accounting Web]
Multinationals such as PwC, Deloitte, KPMG and EY have dedicated cannabis teams in Canada, the epicentre of the industry and home to most of the largest publicly-traded cannabis businesses. However, European law firms have started to spin off cannabis-specific practices from their life science arms, where the work would traditionally have been carried out.
It takes thousands of pounds of biomass to create small amounts of CBG isolate. That’s because most hemp only contains minute percentages of CBG, where as there are now hemp strains that contain 20% CBD in the crop. If the CBG content of the same crop is only 1%, that means you need to extract 20 times the amount of biomass to get the same amount of CBG out.
HEALTH & SCIENCE
The alcohol Breathalyzer came to life slowly, over the course of decades. From the 1930s through the 1960s, scientists, lawmakers, police and the public quarreled over the veracity of the numbers spit out by the device, the appropriate legal limit for drivers and whether they could trust a machine over a cop’s testimony. Today, the same debate is playing out over cannabis. Breathalyzer-type devices that could theoretically aid police enforcement have begun appearing in various stages of development. But legal experts and scientists say there’s a long way to go before those devices can actually detect a driver’s impairment.
While most cannabinoids bind directly with either the CB1 or CB2 receptors, CBDA doesn’t work in this way. Instead, CBDA interacts with the endocannabinoid system by inhibiting the cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) enzyme.
Some operators are cashing in on the CBD craze by substituting cheap and illegal synthetic marijuana for natural CBD in vapes and edibles such as gummy bears, an Associated Press investigation has found.
CBD may alleviate seizures, benefit behaviors in people with neurodevelopmental conditions [MedicalXpress]
UNC School of Medicine researchers show CBD may alleviate seizures and normalize brain rhythms in Angelman syndrome, a rare neurodevelopmental condition.
Why the vaping lung illness crisis is exploding now [The Boston Globe]
In recent weeks, we’ve all heard about a seemingly sudden vaping-related lung injury outbreak that has hospitalized hundreds and led to seven deaths. One question that keeps coming up: Why now? Vaping — of THC, CBD, and nicotine — has been popular for years. So what changed to prompt this current outbreak and alarm? To answer that question, I asked some local doctors who have treated patients with the vaping-related lung disease. Their answers surprised me.
Vape Safety Requires Legalizing Marijuana [Intelligencer]
Federal regulators are needed to ensure consumer safety — and that has to start with Congress admitting marijuana is legal and giving the FDA authority to regulate it.
The FTC said Tuesday that it has issued warnings to three companies that sell CBD “gummies,” tinctures, oils, capsules and creams, though the agency didn’t identify the firms. The businesses were given 15 days to inform regulators how they were addressing their concerns, which could lead to legal action and an order to refund consumers.
CULTURE & SOCIETY
espite being expensive and sometimes rare, cannabis isn’t typically considered a luxury good. It’s too closely associated with slovenly, underperforming young men to convey wealth or style. But as cannabis becomes more acceptable and the consumer base grows to include more women and affluent professionals, some companies are aiming to become prestige brands.
Rethink Reform [Greens]
Greens are hosting a public forums about our drug laws in NSW: Braidwood, Lismore and Mullumbimby. Come along to find out why the war on drugs has failed, what evidence-based public policy that prioritises harm reduction looks like, and what we can do to move towards decriminalising people who use drugs.
Medican Workshop [Nimbin Hemp Embassy]
Nimbin Hemp Embassy AGM 2019
11am on Saturday 16 November 2019 at the Town Hall, 45 Cullen Street, Nimbin.
MardiGrass Organizing Body AGM 2019
12pm on Saturday 16 November 2019 at the Town Hall, 45 Cullen Street, Nimbin.
Australian HEMP Party AGM 2019
2pm on Saturday 16 November 2019 at the Town Hall, 45 Cullen Street, Nimbin.
Next stop Canberra – we’re taking the fight to Parliament! [United in Compassion]
When Barnaby Joyce recently showed just how ignorant he was about medicinal cannabis, comparing it to “pulling bongs”, I realised something: the majority of Australians support medicinal cannabis. It’s the politicians who need to be convinced.
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.