‘F***ing a***hole’. Cabinet colleagues’ clash over cannabis bill

TENSIONS between the Liberal and National parties have exploded in the state Coalition party room in an ugly stoush where Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair called Health Minister Brad Hazzard a “f ... ing a***hole”. Several sources last night confirmed the exchange in which Mr Blair lost his temper over what the Nationals saw as a failure by Mr Hazzard to brief the party properly over a Labor Bill that sought to further liberalise the use of medicinal cannabis. Mr Hazzard is said to have responded to Mr Blair tersely when he asked some questions on the matter, after which Mr Blair made the comment. Tension... Niall Blair called Health Minister Brad Hazzard a “f ... ing a***hole”.

NSW cannabis trial 'progressing well'

The NSW oncologist leading the world-first medicinal cannabis trial to treat patients suffering chemotherapy-induced nausea says it's 'making good progress'. In operation since December at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse cancer hospital in Sydney's Camperdown and the regional Orange Health Service, the trial has now been expanded to include seven more hospitals across NSW. Previously there's been little in the way of high-quality research internationally on the role of cannabis to treat nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, says lead oncologist and Associate Professor Peter Grimison. 'The patients who have gone through so far haven't had any serious or unexpected side effects,' Prof Grim

Medicinal cannabis: Parents delay taking children to hospital over fears

Parents have delayed taking their epileptic children to hospital over fears they will be taken off black market medicinal cannabis being used to control seizures. Epilepsy Action Australia clinical governance manager Lisa Todd said patients were unable to be given illegally-obtained medicinal cannabis - or "unregulated product" - in hospital. A government facility for growing medical marijuana in Israel. Photo: Getty Images "Despite it being the only product that would actually control their child's seizures when they're not on any other medication and everything else has been exhausted," she said. "That's a really big issue because we have had families who have actually delayed admissio

It might be good for you to toke up when you retire

A NEW study which gave cannabis to elderly mice showed that it might actually be good for you to toke up when you retire. It might actually be good for your brain to smoke marijuana in your old age, according to early results of one study. Picture: Cut/YouTube SOME studies certainly show that smoking marijuana can have adverse effects on a developing brain, but it turns out smoking some dope could actually be beneficial for your mental capacity in old age. That is the preliminary finding from an experiment conducted by German researchers on mice which found the active ingredient in cannabis, THC, might have helped reverse brain ageing and restored memory function in older mice. “We repea

Daily dose of cannabis extract could reverse brain's decline in old age, study suggests

Regular low doses of THC dramatically boosted memory and learning in older mice, say scientists, who plan a clinical trial in humans later this year Older mice given THC improved so much that their performance in tests matched those of healthy drug-free young mice – and benefits lasted for weeks after the infusions ended. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images Researchers have come up with an unusual proposal to slow, or even reverse, the cognitive decline that comes with old age: small, daily doses of cannabis extract. The idea emerged from tests on mice which found that regular, low doses of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis – impaired memory and

Growing pains end for hemp products

Winnng acceptance: An industrial hemp plant in Australia. Hemp smoothies and hemp-laced muffins may appear on shop shelves and cafe menus by the year's end following a decision to legalise the cannabis plant's seeds for human consumption. After rejecting proposals to amend the Food Standards Code as far back as 2002, state and federal health ministers have decided hemp - the same species as marijuana - is safe to eat. "The standard will take effect six months after it has been gazetted and ministers acknowledged that there is still a range of New Zealand and State and Territory legislation that currently prohibits the sale of low-THC hemp seeds as a food which will need to be amended,"

MardiGrass passes around its program

ENTHRALLED: The entranced crowd at the Nimbin MardiGrass Hemp Olympix. Protest THE MardiGrass Parade is the main event for the 25th consecutive annual Rally for Cannabis Law Reform and begins at the exit of the western car park, across the road from the Community Centre Market. Led by the Widjibal Elders of the Bunjalung Nation, with children holding the Koori flag, the parade will make its way south along Cullen street to the Police Station where it will turn left and head down past the Greenbank into Sativa Stadium for the Cannabis Law Reform Rally, speeches and MardiGrass Float Prize presentations. Educate The international line-up of speakers at this year's HEMPOSIUM includes

Medical cannabis oil producer Jenny Hallam speaks ahead of her court case on Thursday

Medicinal cannabis oil producer and campaigner Jenny Hallam will be in court on Thursday. Picture: Dylan Coker ON the morning of her first court appearance, medical cannabis supplier Jenny Hallam pleaded with the State Government to drop charges of possessing and manufacturing an illegal drug. Until quality cannabis oil was freely available to people with chronic painful conditions, there should be an amnesty for suppliers like herself who were meeting a legitimate need, she said. “I’m just asking for an amnesty until that legal source is in place — then the amnesty is gone and you have to use the legal one, fair enough,” she said. “The State Government can do that, just until people

First major commercial shipments of the medicinal cannabis have been cleared by customs

Paul Mavor, International Director of Health House pictured with one of the first medicinal cannabis deliveries to Australia. Picture: Supplied AUSTRALIANS in pain and suffering from chronic ailments will get constant access to medicinal cannabis from Wednesday as the first major commercial shipments of the drug have been cleared by customs. News Corp Australia can exclusively reveal around 2000 units of cannabis oil are now being stored in secure and secret warehouses across the country. CCTV, security guard patrols and hi-tech safes are among some of the security measures guarding the products, all from Canada. ASX-listed cannabis company Creso Pharma and West Australian medicinal

Creso agreement with Health House sees first shipment of medical cannabis into Australia

Shares in Creso Pharma (ASX:CPH) could receive significant support after the company announced that it had formalized an agreement with its partner in Australia, Health House International Pty Ltd (Health House), following Health House’s successful import of the first medicinal cannabis products into Australia. It should be noted that share trading patterns should not be used as the basis for an investment as they may or may not be replicated. Those considering this stock should seek independent financial advice. Creso and Health House have entered the agreement for an initial two-year term (with an option of extension), subject to Health House International purchasing and importing the agre

An Australian tea tree farm just received $1.49 million to develop 'medical cannabis honey'

An organic tea tree farm in New South Wales has received a $1.49 million investment to help develop medical cannabis honey. Jenbrook supplies raw tea tree oil and honey products to the US through Naturally Aust Product. Next month, it’s expected to hit $1.6m annualised monthly revenue, a 100% increase from June 2016. The company has also been exploring a medical hemp honey, produced by bees pollinating on the nectar of medicinal cannabis plants. It’s working with Southern Cross University on research into its health benefits. EVE Investments has kicked in the $1.49 million to help get the product to market. In return, EVE – an ASX-listed technology investment company – will acquire a 50% int

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