Embassy HEADLINES Issue 428

By Published On: October 8, 2020Categories: Cannabis, News



Government report reveals ACT had the highest increase in cannabis seizures

The ACT had the highest increase in cannabis seizures, at 126%. Despite this, the ACT only arrested 188 people. They lost to Queensland, who arrested 21,780 people.

Australia approves record number of medical cannabis patients

In September, more than 6,000 patients were approved for medical marijuana treatment through the country’s Special Access Scheme (SAS) Category B pathway.

First medicinal cannabis plantation set to open

A 20,000kg per annum medicinal cannabis facility, featuring a huge glasshouse, will begin operating in the Lismore region within weeks, bringing with it much needed jobs.

SA Police Advertise That Drug Driving Laws Target the Unimpaired

“It just doesn’t make any sense to be taking people off the road, who are not ill-affected by whatever substance they’re consuming,” Mr Heilpern told Sydney Criminal Lawyers back in June. And he added that in terms of these laws, there has been “no associated reduction in the road toll”.

Labor MP Rose Jackson calls for NSW to legalise cannabis

NSW Labor MP Rose Jackson spoke in parliament on September 23rd, describing legalising the drug as an “economically sensible” move for Australia. In 2020, Australia’s medical cannabis industry will be worth $95 million

Cannabis licencing changes give researchers a fighting chance

The costs of applying for a cannabis license will change starting November 1st this year, providing relief for researchers studying cannabis Australia-wide.

New Zealand extends medical cannabis transition to avoid supply disruption

Medical cannabis suppliers in New Zealand have been given an extension on new product-assessment rules that were set to take effect this month.

As a former marijuana smoker, the prime minister has plenty of company in New Zealand.

New Zealand Cannabis Referendum 2020 [online webinar]

Drug Science is teaming up with the New Zealand Drug Foundation to bring some evidence to this debate. Speakers include: Helen Clark – Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, and Professor David Nutt – Neuropsychopharmacologist

Patrick Gower hosts Newshub’s The Cannabis Question debate

New Zealanders face a significant decision this election: should recreational cannabis be legalised?

Legalising cannabis in Aotearoa New Zealand: What does the evidence say?

To help people decide how they will vote in the upcoming referendum, we have summarised what we know about the possible impacts of legalising cannabis.

Hemp comes in from the cold: Once-banned crop catching on with farmers

More and more New Zealand farmers are planting a crop that they were banned from growing for eight decades or so.

Roderick Aldridge, 80, walks streets of Hamilton to support legalising cannabis

On Sunday, Aldridge was helping lobby group Health Not Handcuffs deliver pamphlets to Hamilton homes, from the New Zealand Drug Foundation, which supported regulations to minimise the social and health harms of cannabis.

Prescribing medicinal cannabis in Australia

While there is an intent to enable access to quality-controlled medicines via the SAS-B and Authorised Prescriber schemes, the current framework remains a work in progress. It is arguably still short of meeting community expectations around access for patients. A recent Australian Senate Inquiry has offered numerous recommendations for improving patient access to products, as well as identifying strategies to improve the education of doctors.

Australian government backs medical cannabis in latest budget

Australia’s latest 2020-21 budget has prioritised growth in the medical cannabis industry, according to a document released by the Department of Health.

Australia – Welcome to the International Cannabis Cultivation Questionnaire (ICCQ 2.0) 2020!

We launched the first wave of this survey back in 2012 (the ICCQ 1.0) as we felt the general public typically had a very unrealistic view of people who grow Cannabis. Thanks to the contribution of over 6,500 growers around the world, our researchers were able to publish more than 18 scientific papers which have helped challenge stereotypes of Cannabis growers. We’re back in 2020 with an even better survey (the ICCQ 2.0), available in more countries and languages, and better tailored to what’s happening around the world now. Please help us continue to set the record straight by taking part. If you have any questions about the research, you can ask them here: https://worldwideweed.nl/contact-us/


No more cannabis drug testing for Canadian student athletes

Canadian student-athletes who are connoisseurs of cannabis now have a reason to celebrate. They will no longer be ousted from sports teams for its consumption.

Ohio Recalls Medical Cannabis Edibles Due to Heavy Metals

The cannabis-infused chocolates were processed by Canton-based Mother Grows Best and sold in eight dispensaries across the state.

‘No more tears left:’ How wildfires are ravaging the West Coast cannabis industry

Illinois Cannabis Sales Break Record Once Again

Legal cannabis sales continue to break records in Illinois with a total of more than $99 million in sales of both recreational and medical marijuana products sold in September, according to state regulators.

West Virginia Issues 10 Medical Cannabis Cultivation Licenses

The Office of Medical Cannabis will score processor and dispensary applications next, with the goal of launching sales in the spring.

Virginia: Legislation Bars Police from Using Marijuana Odor as a Pretext for a Search

House and Senate lawmakers have passed legislation that severely limits the ability of police to engage in warrantless searches solely on the basis of the smell of marijuana.

Oregon sheep study latest to study hemp potential as livestock feed

Researchers from Oregon State University are replacing alfalfa with different amounts of hemp biomass on five groups of sheep for the test trial.

Kent County, Alberta, outdoor cannabis farm reports bumper crop

Solargram Farms first outdoor cannabis farm in New Brunswick licensed by Health Canada


Now THAT’S what I call #organicfarming

#Spanish #Police in Molina de Segura, #Spain arrested a couple for growing this 16.4 foot high #Cannabis plant in their garden. #CannabisNews

Uruguay-grown medical cannabis available in Germany for first time

The news sheds light on the final destination of large exports quietly shipped from Uruguay to Portugal at the end of 2019 and earlier this year, as first reported by Marijuana Business Daily. The shipments’ final destinations were unknown at the time.

Mexican pot campaigners take fight to Senate’s doorstep

Around 20 young Mexicans lovingly tend the cannabis garden right outside the country’s Senate

Israel to temporarily allow cannabis exports, slash price of medical cannabis products by 50 per cent

The subsidy program will ease costs for Israeli medical patients and ramp up domestic production.

Costa Rican lawmakers considering hemp cultivation, processing

Costa Rican lawmakers have put forward a draft law to legalize the cultivation, production and sale of industrial hemp and medicinal marijuana.



CBD Oil for Asthma: Can It Help & How to Use

CBD has a bronchodilatory effect, which can help reduce muscle spasms and relax the lungs. Taking full-spectrum CBD oil may both improve lung function and make breathing easier.

Study finds older adults using cannabis to treat common health conditions

Data indicates 61 percent of patients who used cannabis began after age 60.

Younger Generation Of Doctors ‘See Cannabis As A Medicine – Not A Drug’

Dr Sunil Arora talks to BusinessCann about his journey from cannabis sceptic to cannabis prescriber.


Why Trump doesn’t want cannabis on the ballot

We’re now more than 2 million weed arrests into Trump’s presidency, and he hasn’t said one word about legalization.


The Cannasexuals are Coming: Can Cannabis Change the Game in the Bedroom?

A cannasexual is anyone who mindfully and deliberately combines sex and cannabis to deepen intimacy and enhance pleasure.

Bohemian Rhapsody

How Alice B. Toklas became the accidental godmother of edibles.

Cannabis as entheogen: survey and interview data on the spiritual use of cannabis

While cannabis has a long history of spiritual use, its normalization in Western societies during the last decades has led to more recreational use. This study aimed to explore the characteristics of spiritual cannabis use as compared to recreational use and to the use of psychedelics such as LSD and psilocybin.

Why I feel guilty shopping at the dispensary

America’s progress as a nation will be measured by equity. To help the Black community gain a voice in cannabis, we need participation at every level of the cannabis industry.

Cannabis Cosmetics: What’s Allowed, What’s Not, and Where to Find Them

When looking at regulation for something like cannabis in cosmetics, there are two main factors to consider: 1) the THC content, since nearly all cannabis cosmetics will be focused around CBD, and 2) which part of the plant is used for the raw materials, as some countries have different stipulations here.

Sven Glass: Blown For the Soul, From the Soul

The Oregon artist behind Sven Glass pours emotion into his process to achieve a stunning end result.


Meet the New Curaleaf, the Largest Cannabis Company in the World, Following the Acquisition of Grassroots Cannabis

After its acquisition of Grassroots Cannabis, Curaleaf is now positioned in 23 U.S. states.

Australia’s Largest Database of Cannabis Companies

CBD Oil to hemp, producers to importers, retailers to non-profits, and more. If they work with the cannabis plant and conduct business in Australia, you’ll find them here.

With more than 420+ cannabis companies across 50+ categories, The Green List helps hemp and cannabis companies to promote their products, services, and events online.




New Zealand Cannabis Referendum 2020 [online webinar]

Drug Science is teaming up with the New Zealand Drug Foundation to bring some evidence to this debate. Speakers include: Helen Clark – Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, and Professor David Nutt – Neuropsychopharmacologist

Whole Plant Expo – online

The Australian Medicinal Cannabis Course is now Online

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.

Cannabis and Mental Health – Dr. Jamie Rickcord [Online]

Thursday, 8 October 2020 7:30 pm AEDT: Join Dr. Jamie Rickcord as he discusses his insights into using cannabis as a treatment for mental health during COVID-19.

Understanding South Korea’s Medical Cannabis Market [Online]


Thursday, 15 October 2020 7:00 pm AEDT: Understanding South Korea’s Medical Cannabis Market.

Cannabis and Driving (free webinar)

Drug Policy Public Discussion Forum [Sydney]