4yo disabled boy safe, parents won’t be charged after amber alert

A quadriplegic four-year-old boy has been found safe and has been released into his family’s care, after Queensland Police issued an amber alert yesterday when his parents took him from an appointment at a Brisbane hospital. Chase Walker’s parents, Jacinda Walker and Marc Steven, have blasted police, Child Services and Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, posting many emotional videos to social media claiming authorities lied about Chase’s medical situation and the family has been failed by the system. "Australia, stand up, everyone, this is beyond a joke," Ms Walker said last night, after Chase was found and taken back to hospital. "My son isn't in any danger, he has not lost any weight,

Secrecy, security key in pot stock growth

Medicinal cannabis grower Cann Group's production facility is surrounded by barbed wire. Medicinal cannabis grower Cann Group's production facility is surrounded by barbed wire and is watched over by security cameras. The location of the facility - other than that it is somewhere in Melbourne - and how much cannabis is being grown are closely guarded secrets. Every plant has a bar code and an ID, and visitors wear lab coats with the pockets sewn up to deter theft. While entry to the physical premises is heavily discouraged, investors in the "pot stock" sector are piling into new listings and Cann Group is no exception. Cann Group will join an expanding market subsector when it star

Easier access for medicinal cannabis prescriptions in SA

HEALTH: Chef Daniel Quigley, who suffers from scoliosis, says medicinal cannabis will help with his chronic back pain. STATE government announced on Sunday April 23 that patients will have easier access to prescribed medicinal cannabis products by their doctors. Medical practitioners will no longer need state approval to prescribe Schedule 8 medicinal cannabis in the first instance, with the decision to be made by a medical specialist in the best interest of their patient. State approval is still required when prescribing medicinal cannabis for longer than two months or to a patient already using a Schedule 8 drug. The Office of Industrial Hemp and Medicinal Cannabis has been establish

Barry Lambert exits Countplus to be Ecofibre chairman

Barry Lambert has backed medicinal cannabis which his family has used to treat his granddaughter, Katelyn. James Brickwood Countplus founder Barry Lambert will step down as chairman of the listed accounting and wealth management firm to become the chairman of hemp company Ecofibre. Mr Lambert said he wanted to focus upon his campaign to legalise medicinal cannabis in Australia. "Why am I stepping down at Countplus? Well I've obviously been there from the beginning. I've been there more than 10 years and that's long enough for anybody. "I've also been invited to go onto the board of the cannabis company Ecofibre and that's the Australian company that primarily operates in Kentucky in the US,"

Mum who grew cannabis for ill son won’t lose her home

George Down, who has a bipolar disorder, with his mother Miriam.Picture: Picture: Ian Munro/The West Australian Miriam Down, the mother who became a convicted drug dealer over cannabis plants she grew to help treat her son’s mental illness, will keep her house after prosecutors dropped the possibility of seizing it under the State’s proceeds of crime laws. Down, 76, was convicted of supplying cannabis after workmen spotted 2m-tall marijuana plants over her backyard fence. Police were called and found the crop and 1.4kg of harvested cannabis at the Wembley home. Despite explaining she was growing the drug to help treat the bipolar condition of her son George, the number and size of the plants

Canada and eight US states have done it. Why can't NSW legalise cannabis?

Legalising cannabis is not an issue dominated by the left or the right. Photo: The Age Some big news has come out of North America and it has nothing to do with Trump. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has introduced legislation that will legalise and regulate cannabis use in Canada. This would make Canada the second country the world (after Uruguay) to legalise adult use of cannabis. This comes off the heels of some ground-breaking reforms that took place in November last year when California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada all voted to legalise and regulate cannabis use, joining Colorado, Alaska, Washington and Oregon. One in five Americans now live in a state where adult use of c

Prescriptions for medicinal cannabis to be available under new South Australian rules from Monday

Patients will have easier access to medicinal cannabis under new rules to take effect from Monday. Photo: istock PATIENTS will have easier access to medicinal cannabis under new rules to take effect from Monday. Under the regulations, South Australian medical specialists will be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients for short terms without State Government approval. However, the move will be balanced by other safety nets including the retention of strong checks and balances for those patients wanting prescriptions for two months or more. The State Government hopes the move will not only make it easier for patients to access medicinal cannabis but could open the door for a

Recreational marijuana use: Cannabis less harmful than processed sugar, saturated fats and alcohol,

A worker harvest buds of marijuana in a medicinal cannabis farm, approved for medical use and under the supervision of the government's agricultural service during the harvest season between March and April in the town of Quinamavida in Linares city, Chile March 24, 2016. Reuters/Juan Gonzalez Just days after Canada’s federal government announced the cannabis legalisation rules, a survey, released on Monday, stated that one-in-four Canadians used marijuana recreationally in 2016, and another 19 percent would use it if it were made legal. As per the Dig Insights survey, about 15 percent of the respondents said they bought marijuana from illegal dispensaries that have been targeted in raid

Sydney MP Alex Greenwich calls on decriminalisation of recreational marijuana use in NSW

Personal recreational marijuana use should be decriminalised. Picture: Peter Clark A CAMPAIGN to decriminalise recreational cannabis use throughout NSW has been launched by Sydney state Independent MP Alex Greenwich. Mr Greenwich, who has denied ever using the drug himself, said he would advocate for criminal restrictions around marijuana use to be relaxed. “Cannabis is not something I have had a relationship with but that doesn’t mean I don’t understand the need for a harm minimisation approach,” he said. He told Central Sydney that international examples of decriminalisation had made an impression on him. Mr Greenwich said laws in NSW were “(some) of the harshest approaches to re

Medicinal cannabis charges 'puzzle' lawyer as public debate grows

Photo: The states are still catching up after federal changes to medicinal cannabis. The lawyer for a South Australian woman who admits to supplying cannabis oil to terminally ill people has questioned why charges against her client have only recently been laid. Hillier resident Jenny Hallam's home was raided by police back in January and products, which she says she only ever supplied to sick people for free, were seized. Ms Hallam has been summonsed to appear in court in May over allegations she possessed, with the purpose to supply, and manufactured a controlled drug. Lawyer Heather Stokes said she was "puzzled" about why it took police so long to charge her client. "You either

Cannabis oil producer Jenny Hallam faces jail after being charged with criminal offences

Cannabis oil producer Jenny Hallam. A SOUTH Australian cannabis oil producer has been charged with criminal offences which carry potential jail terms of at least 10 years. Jenny Hallam, of Hillier, was served with a summons at the Gawler Police Station on Friday afternoon alleging she had been found in possession of cannabis oil for supply and had manufactured a controlled drug. Speaking live on social media outside the police station, she urged her supporters to rally behind her as she prepared to face court in early May. The charge of manufacturing a controlled drug — depending on the quantity — is a major indictable offence which carries a minimum term of imprisonment of seven yea

High hopes for medical cannabis

Australians and Israelis were among the experts attending an important forum last week in Sydney about medical cannabis regulation. EXPERTS from Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Germany, Netherlands and Canada gathered in Sydney last week for a three-day forum to discuss the regulation and administration of medical cannabis. It was convened by NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer Professor Mary O’Kane, who accompanied then-premier Mike Baird on his trade mission to Israel in April 2016. “Medical cannabis was one of the things that we discussed in Israel,” O’Kane told The AJN. “We were developing our work on it here at that time, and we were very interested to learn that Israel was completel

Medicinal cannabis legalisation can reduce opioid deaths, comedian Wil Anderson says

Cannabis plants are seen in a greenhouse of Swiss cannabis producer KannaSwiss in Koelliken, Switzerland March 20, 2017. Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann Comedian Wil Anderson has spoken about using medicinal cannabis on a regular basis as a remedy for osteoporosis that he has been suffering from for years. He emphasised that the product, should it be legalised in Australia, could save lives. Speaking as a guest on The Project on Tuesday, the comedian said he hoped the country would legalise the drug soon. “Three million people have chronic pain in this country and it’s a thing where they in this country and it’s a thing where they normally will diagnose you open opioids, and there’s this amazing o

Rich Lister Barry Lambert may run for Senate to push for cannabis legalisation

Barry Lambert has backed medicinal cannabis which his family has used to treat his granddaughter, Katelyn. James Brickwood Millionaire investor and philanthropist Barry Lambert plans to step away from all of his business commitments and may make a run for the Senate, as he ramps up his fight for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis in Australia. Speaking to The Australian Financial Review, Mr Lambert said that while he never dreamt of becoming a "crime fighter" he was now "relishing the fight". "I would run for Senate on the basis that medicinal cannabis needs to be legal. I wouldn't be aligned to any party, I'd run as an independent. I've got a huge following in the accounting profession,

University of Melbourne gets $500,000 from Turnbull Government for research into medicinal cannabis

A grant of almost $500,000 could fast track the production of medicinal cannabis in Australia. Picture: File. THE Turnbull Government is giving Melbourne researchers almost $500,000 in a bid to fast-track local production of medicinal cannabis plants. It is hoped the pilot program, run by the University of Melbourne, will improve how scientists extract the parts of cannabis plants which can be used for pain relief. The researchers, who have teamed up with Under The Three Biopharmaceuticals, will analyse different types of weed crops to decide what will grow best in Australian conditions. They say it could spur the development of a local cannabis industry — which could be worth $150 million w

High court legalises marijuana for private use in South Africa

In a landmark ruling The Western Cape High Court has declared that it is an infringement to ban the use of dagga by adults in private homes. In making the ruling on Friday, it has allowed for the possession, cultivation and use dagga at home, for private use, noted News24. “Acton, Prince, and 18 plaintiffs applied to the court for the Criminal Prohibition of Dagga Act (sections 4b and 5c), read with certain sections of Part III of Schedule 2 of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act, to be declared unconstitutional.” These sections make it a crime to possess a drug, unless it is for a variety of medical reasons, meaning it was criminal to use marijuana in the country. In addition to the decrimin

Cannabis smokers will enjoy complex flavours ‘like fine wines’, scientists say

As cannabis marches towards legalisation in Canada, researchers from the University of British columbia have identified 30 genes responsible for the different flavours of pot. The idea, the researchers say, is so that growers can standardise strains of the plant – so that people can enjoy different flavours ‘like fine wines’. Jörg Bohlmann, a professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia said that growers will want to identify different varieties for flavour and potency. Bohlmann says that, like wine grapes, the flavour of cannabis flowers is governed by chemical compounds known as ‘terpenes’. Bohlmann said, ‘When you have a quality product that people

Mum's desperate plea to save dying daughter

Sienna's mum is doing everything in her power to help her little girl. Photo: A mum from Wollongong has made a desperate plea to try and save the life of her eight-year-old daughter. In an emotional petition, Yvonne Cooper explains that her daughter Sienna, suffers from up to 100 life-threatening seizures a day, and is currently unable to access the medication she needs. “Last night I spent the evening watching my little girl gasping for air, unable to breathe, another night of thinking I was about to lose her,” she writes. “Every seizure is a step closer to death. I have had to watch her cognitive ability decline, going from an IQ of 90-100 to a range from 41-5

Prescribing medicinal cannabis to patients immensely difficult, doctors say

A variety of medicinal marijuana buds in jars are pictured at Los Angeles Patients & Caregivers Group dispensary in West Hollywood, California U.S., October 18, 2016. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni Acquiring permission for prescribing medicinal cannabis to patients is proving to be immensely difficult for doctors. The State Government is facing intense pressure to adopt methods to make access to the drug easier. According to Adelaide Cancer Centre oncologist Brian Stein, the main hurdles doctors have to overcome include lack of data surrounding how much cannabis should be prescribed to individual cases and an inability to know exactly what doctors are prescribing. A “very keen” patient, who had a

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