AUSTRALIA/NZ

Launch of SHOP.HEMPEMBASSY.NET by MP Janelle Saffin on Friday August 14

We’re having a live video event to celebrate the launch of our new online shop. Tune in to watch the live stream from the HEMP Embassy in Nimbin as the online shop is officially opened by our local NSW MP Janelle Saffin at 11 am Friday August 14.

 

New Parliamentary Friends of Medicinal Cannabis Group

More than 30 federal parliamentarians have expressed an active interest in supporting the group. Click on the link above to see the list. You may be surprised.

Election 2020: Jacinda Ardern refuses to say how she will vote in cannabis referendum

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern won’t reveal how she would vote in the upcoming referendum to legalise cannabis for recreational use.

Policing Cannabis Costs Australia $1.1 Billion Every Year

Researchers from Curtin University National Drug Research Institute have released a new study this week, confirming cannabis is costing Australia $1.1 billion annually in drug policing, prosecution and imprisonment alone.

Australia’s drug-driving laws are unjust, unfair and wasting everyone’s time

David Heilpern is an author and former NSW magistrate. Here, he reveals why Australia’s drug-driving laws left him administering justice he felt very uncomfortable with.

Tasmanian Hemp Association Calls For Changes To Industrial Hemp Laws

The new head of the Tasmanian Hemp Association (THA) has called for changes to Tasmania’s archaic industrial hemp laws.

Australia sees record month for medical cannabis approvals

Scott Morrison (ScoMo): Legalise Recreational Cannabis

Our goal is to reach 75,000 signatures and we need more support.

NORTH AMERICA

Drive-thru cannabis store coming to Lhtako Dene Nation near Quesnel

Lhtako Dene Grass Station won’t be the first Indigenous cannabis retail store to open on First Nations land without having received a license from the BC Liquor Distribution Branch. “People ask where we got our permit from and I said I wrote it,” Chief Clifford Lebrun said with a laugh before stating his nation has their own land laws, codes and regulations.

Arizona Marijuana Legalization Initiative Officially Qualifies For November Ballot

The secretary of state announced that activists turned in enough valid petitions to make the cut one month after about 420,000 raw signatures were submitted. Under the measure, adults could possess up to an ounce of marijuana at a time and cultivate up to six plants for personal use.

Illinois’ breakout star in a hazy economic landscape: recreational marijuana

It only took a few months for Illinois’ budding recreational marijuana industry to blossom — even during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Wyoming Judge Dismisses Marijuana Charges Against Hemp Farmers

A Wyoming judge dismissed drug charges filed against hemp farmers who had successfully lobbied to legalize the non-intoxicating cannabis crop but were later accused by police of growing marijuana. Top state officials and lawmakers testified on their behalf in the case.

More Cannabis Workers Vote to Unionize In Massachusetts

Cannabis workers at Cultivate Holdings, a vertically integrated cannabis company in Massachusetts, have voted to join the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1445.

Massachusetts’ Updated Medical Cannabis Regulations Allow Caregivers to Support More Patients

The new rules, which would allow caregivers to support up to 10 medical cannabis patients each, sparked controversy among industry stakeholders at a public hearing last week.

As national USDA rules loom, industry ramps up pressure for changes or delay

As the deadline approaches for implementing a single set of nationwide hemp-production rules, states and industry associations are pressuring the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a delay, warning the federal agency that several states won’t meet the deadline.

Private pot shops see sales decline after delivery cancelled by province

Private cannabis retailers in Ottawa are fighting to have home delivery reinstated after seeing a decline in sales and worrying people might be turning to the black market.

California Controversies Over ‘Social Equity’ Licenses

Equity programs for the legal cannabis industry in California are supposed to address the racial and social iniquities that were associated with cannabis prohibition. But finding the right implementation model has proved tricky. And as a recent controversy in Los Angeles indicates, the failure of such programs can have impacts that go beyond who is getting licenses for dispensaries.

WORLD

Project Twenty21 Medical Cannabis Registry is Officially Live

Project Twenty21 is a patient registry which aims to aid patient access to medical cannabis while simultaneously gathering valuable evidence of its efficacy. The aim of the scheme is to recruit up to 20,000 patients by the end of 2021 – this would make the project the largest of its kind in Europe!

Colombia opens first cannabis clinic

The clinic passed 28 regulatory hurdles including health authorities permissions and implementing a system to trace the products’ origins.

Uruguay Exports 1000 Pounds of Cannabis To Switzerland, Announces New Industry Measures

Uruguay recently completed several cannabis shipments to Europe that helped cement its position as a global cannabis exporter.

Israel’s Health Ministry advances medical marijuana reforms to reduce price by 50%

The reforms include switching from a license system to a prescription system, demanding a special budget from the Finance Ministry, direct sales outside of pharmacies, the removal of CBD from the list of dangerous drugs, transparency on the ingredients of the substance to patients and more.

Switzerland refunds $36M in taxes levied on low-THC cannabis growers, sellers

Swiss customs officials have returned approximately CHF 33 million ($36 million) to low-THC cannabis flower producers and sellers after a court said their products were unconstitutionally taxed as a tobacco substitute.

Here are the new cannabis rules proposed for South Africa – including limits, penalties and criminal records

In 2018, the Constitutional Court ruled that the use of cannabis is legal for both personal and medical use. However, it is currently still unlawful to use it outside of your private home, as well as buying and selling it.

Hemp variety from Poland shows strong dual cropping potential

The Polish hemp variety Białobrzeskie has the greatest economic potential among 11 hemp cultivars recently studied by a research team at the University of Kentucky (UK) in the USA.

 SCIENCE & TECH

Sustainable Hemp Farming: Promoting Regenerative Agriculture In Hemp

In theory, farming hemp should not be considered damaging to the earth at all. In fact, hemp can be regenerative to the soil on which it’s farmed.

Dabbing gets cleaner and more high tech with DabTabs

DabTabs, or “dablets,” are measured portions of cannabis concentrate—usually full-spectrum—encased in a natural mineral-based ceramic. They can be heated and dabbed without having to remove the extract.

Cannabis and Hops: Understanding the Convergence of Beer and Buds

Their similarities offer complementary effects that are playing into new co-consumption businesses and trends.

HEALTH

Cannabis and Cancer Cells – New Research from Australian University

Evidence published by the University of Newcastle in Australia has revealed new findings into the plant’s anti-cancer potential. The tests carried out at the University and the Hunter Medical Research Institute showed that a modified form of cannabis had the potential to kill or inhibit cancer cells. In addition, the high-CBD form of cannabis did not impact other natural cells.

Products containing cannabinoids could affect activity of prescription drugs, study finds

The findings could help consumers avoid potential drug interactions.

Women who smoke pot frequently have better sex: Study

The study — in the journal, Sexual Medicine — found that women who frequently use pot had higher arousal, better orgasms and more sexual satisfaction overall.

How Cannabis Terpenes Affect Your High

In the age of options and selections, if you’re still choosing your buds based on THC content alone, then you’re doing it wrong.

CBD Oil for Crohn’s: Everything You Need to Know

When talking about whether CBD oil can alleviate the symptoms of Crohn’s disease, there are two important scientific studies to consider. 

POLITICS & LAW

Kamala Harris [Joe Biden’s VP nominee] Evolved Slowly on Legalization, but She’s All About It Now

She didn’t clearly come out in favor of full federal legalization until 2018.

Why is Portugal’s Unique Drug Policy Working?

Many critics feared that Portugal’s drug decriminalisation would bring about a rapid increase in substance abuse, but after two decades there’s no data to prove such a relation. Portugal isn’t the only nation to tow this road but they’ve arguably been the most successful in bringing down their numbers. They owe their success thanks to creating awareness, backing up the health sector and social reform economy, improving standards of living, and having a society that accepts and is willing to give drug users the care they need.

CULTURE & HISTORY

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s exhibition on Harry J. Anslinger, a founding father of American drug policy, does not delve into criticism that he used racial slurs.

For these ancient warrior women, cannabis was a part of everyday life

While scholars once believed the Amazons were pure myth, recent archeological findings of burial mounds, called kurgans, have backed up Greek, Persian, and Chinese accounts of fearsome bands of nomadic women. And along with weapons, gold, and sacrificed horses, skeletons of these warrior women were buried with personal cannabis-burning kits.

Faces of Cannabis History: 3 Legendary Voices of Reason

It’s easy to focus on the many rising stars of the cannabis world today, but it’s vital to get educated on the people who paved the way.

Mothership or Bust: Inside the World of Top-Shelf Glass Collecting

 

 

EVENTS

Launch of SHOP.HEMPEMBASSY.NET by MP Janelle Saffin on Friday August 14

We’re having a live video event to celebrate the launch of our new online shop. Tune in to watch the live stream from the HEMP Embassy in Nimbin as the online shop is officially opened by our local NSW MP Janelle Saffin at 11 am this Friday August 14.
 
 

 


It’s been a long journey getting Australia’s first medicinal cannabis course for health professionals online. First delivered in 2017, Dr Caldicott’s comprehensively researched course is finally available at the click of a few buttons.
 
 

Medical Cannabis Cultivation Webinar [Online]

Wednesday, Sep 2, 2020 07:00 PM AEST: Join us as we speak to Australian cultivators growing medicinal cannabis. We will discuss strains, lighting, fertiliser and exactly what it takes to grow a medical crop.


5 NZ policy insights you need to know with Tara Creaven-Capasso [Online]

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 2:00 pm AEST: Join one of New Zealand’s top regulatory advisors, sharing their insights on New Zealand’s newly formed cannabis regulations.


3 Important Patient Treatment Statistics [online]

Wednesday, 19 August 2020 7:30 pm AEST: Join Australian doctor and cannabis clinic owner as he discusses treatment observations and prescription trends.
 

Thursday, 27 August 2020 2:00 pm AEST: Will Australia legalise recreational cannabis within 2 years? Join Australian Members of Parliament as they discuss the future of adult-use cannabis in Australia.