Medical cannabis education gets a boost as leading advocacy group and doctor implement Senate recommendations despite government inactivity
The recent Senate recommendations to substantially increase medical cannabis education for health professionals have scarcely even been acknowledged by the Government, let alone actioned. That hasn’t stopped the Director of United in Compassion (UIC) and leading patient advocate Lucy Haslam and Dr Caldicott from doing what is right by launching the Australian Medicinal Cannabis Course Online.
In an Australian first, medical cannabis prescriptions will now be on-line and on-demand, as the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has just approved Australia’s first medical-cannabis app.
The 2019 National Drug Strategy Household Survey also shows Australians are drinking and smoking less, but some illicit drug use is on the rise.
Despite the rest of the world rationally discussing legalising recreational cannabis, our very own NSW government is still taking a hard stance – pouring resources into busting illegal cannabis cultivators.
Citizens to vote this September whether or not to legalize adult-use weed.
An excellent summary from New Zealand’s Chief Science Advisor.
As the struggle over medical cannabis intensifies and patients find themselves increasingly on the periphery of a debate in which their role should be central, we reproduce – with thanks – a selection of anonymous testimonials from individuals using cannabis medicines throughout Australia between late 2015 and 2020. The collection continues to grow . . . Got any true life mediweed stories of your own? If you’d like to include your personal experience among these important voices, please email firstname.lastname@example.org We’d love to hear from you!
Now, with the burgeoning cannabis movement having already attained a significant number of victories at the state level and more on the way, many of us have a choice in the matter of which cannabis we consume.
Traditional extracts, by historical definition include kief and hashish, are also accessible in the legal Canadian cannabis market – these products date to the medieval era and much earlier and don’t require cartridges, vape pens, batteries or specialized water pipes.
The legislation would also allow publicity for educational and scientific events, as well as the remediation of cannabis flower in certain instances, the news outlet reported.
California’s legal cannabis industry, not yet 4 years old, yearns for the same system of tying plants to the soil perfected by the French over centuries and a key to the marketing success of the state’s premium wine grape growers.
The University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin are recruiting Midwestern farmers to plant and test different varieties of hemp this year in exchange for discounted cannabinoid sampling.
Illinois is using $31 million from cannabis-derived taxes for its Restore, Reinvest and Renew Program, a grant program aimed at small businesses and non-profits in disadvantaged communities, the Quad-City Times reports. The state’s recreational cannabis law sets aside 25 percent of net tax revenues for reinvestment into communities most harmed by the drug war.
A French startup says it will soon go into trials using hemp biomass to produce energy, with plans to go into full production in 2022. Qairos Energies, based in northwestern France, said it will turn out hydrogen that will be converted into electricity for fuel cells to power buses and trains.
The country’s promised cannabis legalization is stalled by a paralyzed Congress.
HEALTH & SCIENCE
One of the main points of interest with limonene is its potential as an anti-tumor agent.
A TED Talk by Elise Keller outlines the importance of cannabis and its integral role in maintaining health in both the body and mind.
The concept of autoflowering strains is simple: in time, they will automatically flower as opposed to waiting for a specifically timed light cycle. In other words, the plants begin to flower all on their own after a relatively short vegetative period of 2-4 weeks.
A medical marijuana telemedicine service is supporting students in need.
How quickly does your cannabis take effect? Is it the same every time? How much of what you pay for is actually being absorbed by your body?
Microdosing marijuana offers pain patients an alternative method to reduce symptoms without receiving the plant’s psychoactive components, a new Israeli study found. Microdosing THC could represent a new relief for patients who don’t like or aren’t suited for the traditional “high” associated with cannabis.
Cannabis use has long been associated with memory loss. But until now, this notion was largely anecdotal. As researchers begin to look into cannabis and the effect that it has on human health, they’re beginning to better understand the effect it has on the human brain – and whether cannabis really does impair memory.
POLITICS & LAW
Canada’s police chiefs are calling for decriminalization of personal possession of illicit drugs as the best way to battle substance abuse and addiction.
Legalizing marijuana is extremely popular. So why won’t Joe Biden embrace the idea?
At a time of growing civil unrest over abusive policing, there’s now a growing debate over how much—if any—of the revenue generated by legal cannabis should go to the police.
When a representative sample of American voters were given a detailed presentation of ten police reform proposals in current Congressional bills, large majorities favored all of them.
At a time when America is trying to right its wrongs when it comes to the treatment of people of color and the war on drugs over the past few centuries, a Black, disabled veteran is still being held in prison on minor cannabis charges.
BUSINESS & INDUSTRY
You will first need to understand: What is Delta-8 and what is its legal status in the United States?
Photo by John Russo
But what does this even mean? How can you print a cannabis product? And even more so, how can you print a beverage?
Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:00 pm AEST: Five industry trends you need to know – with Rhys Cohen.
Thursday, 6 August 2020 7:30 pm AEST: Join one of Israel’s top professors, discussing his research on precision cannabinoid medicine.
Drug Policy Public Discussion Forum [Sydney]
Australian Medicinal Cannabis Conference 2020 [Melbourne]
Hemp, Health & Innovation Expo Postponed until 2021!
Garden States – Cultivating Plant Knowledge Postponed until 2021!
To combat the decades-long discrimination against cannabis users, activists from the MCUA and HEMP have joined to form Legalise Cannabis Queensland to support candidates campaigning to legalise cannabis in the approaching 2020 elections. The war on drugs is unsustainable and counter-productive. Help legalise cannabis in Queensland in 2020.
After an incredible first year (and an overwhelming amount of support) we’re super proud to announce that nominations for the 2020 Cannabis Industry Awards are now open! Make a nomination. Here is a link to 2019 winners.