Embassy HEADLINES Issue 414

By Published On: July 2, 2020Categories: Cannabis, News


HEMP Party in Eden Monaro

The Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party will provide a protest vote for Cannabis law reform at the Eden-Monaro by-election on Saturday 4 July 2020.

Vote 1 HEMP in the Eden-Monaro Byelection: An Interview With Candidate Michael Balderstone

HEMP Party president Michael Balderstone wants real cannabis law reform on the agenda in this nation’s federal chambers of parliament. And that’s why the veteran campaigner is running in the 4 July Eden-Monaro byelection.

NZ Government accuses big American anti-cannabis group of interfering in NZ politics

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is fighting legal cannabis across the US. “I would strongly recommend New Zealanders vote no on this very misguided initiative,” SAM’s Luke Niforatos told 1 NEWS. The lobby group now has a branch here in New Zealand.

New survey shows nearly three-quarters of Māori support legalising cannabis

With less than 12 weeks to go before the 2020 election and cannabis referendum, the Horizon Research poll found 84 percent believe prohibition has failed to limit cannabis access and use – and 72 percent of Māori say they will vote for legalising the personal use of cannabis. This compares to overall support for cannabis legalisation at 56 percent, according to a Horizon poll of Kiwis last month.

Access to medicinal cannabis in Queensland just got a whole lot easier

Any registered medical practitioner in Queensland can now prescribe medicinal cannabis for any patient if they believe it is clinically appropriate and have obtained the required Commonwealth approval.

Wastewater Study Reveals Tasmanians Smoke the Most Pot

The studies, which are costing taxpayers $1.2 million each year, analyses more than 53 wastewater treatment plants across Australia. It’s organised and managed by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC).

Australia needs a safe and regulated e-cigarette market

It is currently illegal to sell e-cigarettes which contain nicotine and an attempt by Health Minister Greg Hunt to introduce a ban on imported liquid nicotine for vaping has been delayed for six months after 28 Coalition backbenchers signed a letter condemning the decision.

Cannabis Could Generate $2 Billion Each Year for Australia

Senator Richard Di Natale of the Greens prepared a Policy Costing for the Parliamentary Budget Office in 2018. Detailing the financial implications of legalising recreational cannabis in Australia. Here are the results.

SA Police showcase new anti-cannabis driving ad. It’s tragic.

You can have someone with THC in their saliva who is not intoxicated. We need far better tests to go after impairment.

Calls renewed for NSW Police to ditch faulty roadside drug tests amid detection quotas

Experts have renewed calls for NSW Police to ditch unreliable roadside drug test devices, after police targets to detect almost 300,000 crimes across the state this year were revealed. NSW Police continue to use The Securetec DrugWipe roadside, which was proven by a study from the University of Sydney in September to produce inaccurate results when testing for cannabis.

EGA presents Garden States Microdose – free livestream

Sunday 5th July from 11 am- 6:30 pm AEST on EGA youtube channel Entheo TV (subscribe now). Keynote guest Dennis McKenna.


Colorado Gov. Signs Cannabis Social Equity Bill

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) has signed cannabis industry social equity legislation which also includes provisions allowing the governor to pardon low-level cannabis possession cases up to two ounces that occurred prior to legalization in the state.

Weed That’s Legal and Union: Marijuana Dispensary Becomes First in Illinois to Unionize

Stankus and his coworkers will now be represented by Local 881 of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). After a decade of organizing in the rapidly growing cannabis industry, UFCW represents over 10,000 marijuana workers in 14 states.

Federal Judge Presses U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Transparency in Cannabis Policy

For the past few years, Canadian cannabis industry employees and investors have been turned away at the border—and, in some cases, barred from the U.S. outright.

Virginia Will Decriminalize Cannabis on July 1

The law reclassifies possession of one ounce or less of cannabis to a civil penalty punishable by a fine of up to $25, the lowest fine of any decriminalization law in the country.

Businesses Say Border Patrol Is Seizing Legal Cannabis in California

Growers and distributors in Imperial County and San Diego often have to go through Border Patrol checkpoints en route to testing facilities or markets. Sometimes, they say, Border Patrol will let them through. But other times, those agents confiscate products. Border Patrol’s authority extends 100 miles from the border. 

Cariboo First Nation breaks ground on cannabis facility

It was a momentous day for the Williams Lake First Nation that broke ground on B.C.’s first farm-to-gate cannabis cultivation facility.

Alberta’s online cannabis store pauses chocolate sales due to melting concerns

“To avoid our online customers receiving melted products, chocolates won’t be available online from June 29, 2020, to September 7, 2020, subject to change pending weather conditions,” said AlbertaCannabis.org in a notice posted June 26.


New regulations: South Africa takes another step down the green cannabis road

New legislation signals government’s deepening embrace of the cannabis sector and its potential to promote sustainable employment, foreign investment and GDP growth.

Israel’s Knesset votes to advance cannabis legalization

The Knesset plenum voted on Wednesday to advance in a preliminary reading two bills that would legalize cannabis, but they still have to go through several months of legislation before they become law.

Not all WHO cannabis recommendations would loosen international control

An analysis by a United Nations monitoring body concludes that most of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) cannabis scheduling recommendations would either have little impact on international drug controls or actually tighten requirements.

To avoid ICC, Duterte admin forms panel to probe deaths in police operations in Philippines

In an apparent move to avoid the International Criminal Court, the Duterte administration has created an inter-agency panel that will reinvestigate the 5,655 deaths in police drug war operations.

Virgin Islands Government mulls bill to legalise marijuana

Companion bills designed to legalise medicinal marijuana and expunge criminal records of those charged with carrying small amounts of the drug were introduced for a first reading on June 19 in the House of Assembly.

Belgium Legalized Smokable CBD Flowers and Upped Its Medicinal Cannabis Game

Belgium isn’t the first country to do anything when it comes to cannabis, but it has remained on the more lax side when it comes to countries in the EU and beyond. With the inclusion of new provisions to govern the CBD and medicinal cannabis markets, Belgium is upping its legal cannabis game, and injecting new life into what was a slow-moving medical cannabis system.


Why is CBD so Popular Among Athletes and Sportspeople?

There is a huge amount of anecdotal evidence and a growing body of clinical research suggesting that the cannabis compound may be beneficial for symptoms such as pain and anxiety. A growing number of athletes are using and endorsing CBD products for this reason.

Delta-8 THC: The Medical Goodness of Hemp, With Just a Little High

The delta-8 THC molecule has “antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.” Much like delta-9 it binds to the CB1 receptor, but unlike delta-9 it is not associated with as strong psychoactive properties.

Defining Genetic Drift in Cannabis Cultivation

Genetic Drift is a mutation type involving the alteration of allelic frequencies of progenies solely by chance. In the cannabis industry, this phenomenon is predominantly employed in the field and is a proven origin of hybrid forms of the cannabis plant.

Can You Smoke Marijuana While Taking Antibiotics?

Ultimately, there don’t appear to be real risks associated with using marijuana while on antibiotics. In fact, it may be possible that your marijuana use could help your immune system fight off an infection.

Can Calcined Clay Improve Soil Mixes?

How a product used on baseball fields might yield interesting results for cannabis growers.


Driving On Cannabis: The Aussie Guide [All States]

Current roadside drug testing does not test for impairment, rather the mere presence of a drug.

The Guardian this week revealed an extraordinary disparity in the way Indigenous Australians were treated when caught with small amounts of cannabis.

Calls to Defund the Police Lead to Cannabis Decriminalization Measures

A month into the national uprising sparked by the killing of George Floyd, cities and states are responding to activist demands to defund police forces. Some are deciding that cannabis enforcement is the place to start in contracting the police apparatus.

New York college students overwhelmingly support cannabis legalization

90 per cent of polled students would welcome legal weed.

Will Joe Biden Change His Position On Legalizing Cannabis?

Marijuana legalization is intrinsically tied to social justice. However, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has maintained his opposition to making cannabis legal. Some hope that could change as more people become aware of the impact that the War on Drugs has had on people of color.

Canadian Government’s Cannabis Pardons Program Is An ‘Abject Failure’

When the Liberals introduced no-fee, expedited pardons for simple cannabis possession, the federal government estimated up to 250,000 people could be eligible. Updated Parole Board of Canada (PBC) numbers show 436 pardon applications have been received as of April 3.  Of those applications, 238 have been approved for cannabis record suspensions. 

UFC Champ KO’s Pot Laws

The Kiwi 2020 Sportsman of the Year has evolved from making oblique comments about his cannabis use on podcasts, to openly busting pipes at 4.20 on his Instagram live feed, to throwing his full-blown support behind the upcoming Referendum to legalise cannabis in New Zealand.


Lester Grinspoon Pioneer of Cannabis Normalization Dies at 92

Cannabis advocates across the United States and the world bid a grateful farewell to Lester Grinspoon, the Harvard psychiatrist and prolific author who changed the national conversation about marijuana and championed the need for a more tolerant and enlightened policy.

Marijuana Legalization And The Possibility Of Dispensaries At Music Festivals

As legalization spreads across the country, this has led to questions about the future of cannabis at concert venues, and how consumers can legally and more conveniently enjoy marijuana at live events. Does the legalization of recreational cannabis mean that dispensaries will now be able to set up shop at these venues, and is there a roadmap for effectively rolling them out?


The Richest Cannabis Businesses in 2020

Do you want to learn how entrepreneurs legally make money on selling cannabis these days?

What’s in a name? Canadians ignoring pot branding, survey finds

“My managers tell me all the time that the number one question we get asked is: ‘What is your highest THC product?’ not ‘What brand is it?’ That’s what moves first.”

Canada’s discount cannabis segment heats up with competing value brands

High prices were a regular consumer complaint when Canada legalized recreational cannabis in October 2018. Only a year and a half later, Canada’s market for affordable cannabis flower is growing rapidly, with large cannabis producers introducing competitive value brands at lower prices.

High Times to Acquire California Cannabis Delivery Company

Hightimes Holding Corp. has agreed to acquire California-based delivery service Mountain High Recreation Inc., the latest move by the owners of the High Times brand as they move from decades of publishing into the retail market.


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HEMP Party Protest in Eden-Monaro by-election

The Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party will provide a protest vote for Cannabis law reform at the Eden-Monaro by-election on Saturday 4 July 2020.

EGA presents Garden States Microdose – free livestream

Sunday 5th July from 11 am- 6:30 pm AEST on EGA youtube channel Entheo TV (subscribe now). Keynote guest Dennis McKenna.


Australian Ethnobotanical and Psychedelic Community Video Call Out [Online]

Entheogenesis Australis invites the Australian ethnobotanical and psychedelic community to contribute original video content to our livestream on Sunday 5 July 2020. Click here for more details.

Australian Medical Cannabis Research FREE Webinar [Online]

Wednesday 22 July 7pm AEST: Australia is leading the way globally in a number of clinical trials involving medicinal cannabis. This webinar features 5 Researchers discussing their work, the significance and challenges. REGISTER HERE

Drug Policy Public Discussion Forum [Sydney]

Australian Medicinal Cannabis Conference 2020 [Melbourne]

 Hemp, Health & Innovation Expo [Sydney]

Garden States – Cultivating Plant Knowledge [Melbourne]

Saturday 6 December 2020 at 9:00am

Springvale City Hall, 397 – 405 Springvale Rd, Springvale VIC 3171