Mum’s marijuana battle to keep Kaitlyn’s pain at bay

Katrina Spraggon with Kaitlyn, 9, on the Sunshine Coast. Picture: Glenn Hunt. Standing among the shoulder-high marijuana plants she grows to make “medicine” for her chronically ill daughter, Katrina Spraggon says this time there will be no quiet deal at the hospital, no hiding what she is doing. The clock is ticking because nine-year-old Kaitlyn urgently needs surgery and her mother is adamant the little girl can’t have it without the home-brewed cannabis concentrate that keeps her pain and epileptic seizures at bay. The standoff has pitched Ms Spraggon, 35, into a head-on confrontation with Queensland’s public health authorities, blowing wide open the “blind eye” that was turned previ

New NT teachers baffled by anti-marijuana pot plant gift from Education Department

Photo: New teachers to Central Australia were confused to receive the 'not a pot' pot plant. (Supplied) New teachers to Alice Springs have been given an anti-cannabis pot plant as a welcome gift from the Education Department in a move that has baffled teachers and the education union. The promotional item encouraged users to grow thyme instead of marijuana at their office desk, and urged them to seek help and information about addiction and the side effects of cannabis use. It was included in a care pack for teachers embarking on their first posting in the Northern Territory. A teacher who did not want to be identified said they had no idea whether the pot plant was intended for

WA medical cannabis ready within months

Little Green Pharma CEO Fleta Solomon with cannabis plants being grown in the South West. react-text: 240 Picture: /react-text react-text: 241 /react-text react-text: 242 /react-text react-text: 243 Supplied. /react-text SOME of the vivid green plants are no more than 10cm high but within two months WA’s first crop of medical cannabis will be ready for harvesting. They were planted at a secure hydroponic growing facility in the South West last month by phyto-pharmaceutical company Little Green Pharma. The private company expects to be harvesting by late March and sending resin to a manufacturing unit in Perth where it will be processed into an oil-based cannabis medication, read

Major cannabis seizure, Buaraba

Five men have been charged after police uncovered a sophisticated $18 million cannabis plantation at Buaraba, west of Brisbane yesterday. Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Serious Crime Group with assistance from the Gatton Criminal Investigation Branch executed a search warrant at a property on Gatton-Esk Road yesterday morning. The property consisted of a commercial sized shed and four industrial sized greenhouses where police seized 3,731 cannabis plants, 1kg of dried cannabis and equipment allegedly used in the production of hydroponic cannabis including an intricate irrigation system. The total estimated value of the crop is more than $18 million. Five men two aged 42-y

Human rights and medical cannabis campaigner, Barry Lambert talks to the Rotary Club of Taree

President of the Rotary Club of Taree, David Denning with Barry Lambert, former Taree resident and now human rights and medical cannabis campaigner. Barry and Joy Lambert’s infant granddaughter Katelyn was having thousands of seizures a day due to Dravet Syndrome, a catastrophic, intractable and incurable form of epilepsy caused by a gene mutation in her brain. The family was told by the leading medical expert on Dravet Syndrome that if the seizures weren’t stopped Katelyn would have a 16 per cent chance of dying each year and if she survived, she would end up vegetated - unable to walk, talk, feed herself or control her bodily functions. Desperate, Katelyn’s father searched the intern

Magistrate warns that marijuana deal could be spiked

California has legalised marijuana, but the Trump administration disapproves. A TOOWOOMBA magistrate has warned marijuana smokers that they may be getting more than they bargained for when sourcing the illicit drug from dealers. Not for the first time, a defendant has appeared before the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on a charge of driving with methylamphetamine in his system and yet sworn he never touched the stuff. Such was the case with Keith Jeffery Lingwoodock who tested positive for drugs after being pulled over by police while driving on Anzac Avenue early on October 29 last year. An analysis of his saliva test showed the 48-year-old had traces of marijuana and methylamphetamine

Queensland trial evaluating benefits of medical cannabis for cancer patients

A trial evaluating the benefits of medical cannabis for people with advanced cancer will be part of a $69 million boost to fight the disease. A QUEENSLAND trial evaluating the benefits of medical cannabis for people with advanced cancer will be part of a $69 million boost to fight the disease. The Federal Government will invest the money in world-leading medical researchers to target devastating and rare conditions like acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in infants, aplastic anaemia, multiple sclerosis and Huntington’s disease. The University of Queensland will receive $1.4 million to better define the role of medicinal cannabis for cancer patients in palliative care, and look at how patien

Ninth US state legalises marijuana

Vermont Governor Phil Scott has signed a bill making his state the ninth in the US to legalise recreational marijuana. Vermont became the ninth U.S. state and third in the Northeast to legalize recreational marijuana use on Monday when Republican Governor Phil Scott signed a bill passed by the legislature earlier this month. The law legalises possession of up to 1 ounce of the drug, two mature plants and up to four immature plants by people 21 and older beginning on July 1. It does not legalise trade in the drug. "Today, with mixed emotions, I have signed H. 511," Scott said in a statement, referring to the measure by its legislative number. He noted that he had vetoed an earlier ver

Govt urged to PBS list cannabis

The Victorian Government has announced Australia’s first Medical Cannabis Industry Development Strategy The Andrews Labor Government has urged the Federal Government to PBS list medicinal cannabis products. “Victoria’s leadership has seen some of our sickest kids get the treatment they so desperately need,” says State Health Minister Jill Hennessy. “We urge the Turnbull Government to move quickly so that this life changing product is affordable and in-reach for every Australian – not just those who can afford it.” The state government also announced that it plans for Victoria to become the leader in exports of medicinal cannabis, and move the state’s emerging medicinal cannabis indus

Queensland Bauxite Ltd (ASX:QBL) John Easterling -Amazon John- to Join Board of MCL

Sydney, Jan 18, 2018 AEST (ABN Newswire) - I am delighted and proud on behalf of the Board of Queensland Bauxite Limited (ASX:QBL) to inform our shareholders that Mr John Easterling has agreed to join the board of our Cannabis subsidiary Medical Cannabis Limited. John comes with a wealth of experience in developing therapeutical products from plants, which includes many years of experience in medical Cannabis cultivation and products. He is nicknamed "Amazon John" due to the many years he has worked with plants and gemstones from the Amazon. He married Olivia Newton-John in 2008 and shares her passion in supporting the continuing growth of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Res

Medicinal cannabis oil producer Jenny Hallam has pleaded not guilty to possessing and manufacturing

Medicinal cannabis campaigner Jenny Hallam ahead of her court case. Picture: Dylan Coker “I WILL stand in that courtroom proud and I will tell people that what I did was the right thing to do — the morally right thing to do.” These were the words that medicinal cannabis oil producer Jenny Hallam said from the steps of the Adelaide Magistrates Court, moments after pleading not guilty to possessing and manufacturing a controlled drug. She will now face a District Court trial and will elect for a jury to decide her fate. “I pleaded not guilty because I don’t think what is happening is right,” she said on Thursday. “I am a good person, a good decent person. I am not a criminal and I refuse

Sydney scientists get green light to sell cannabis products

MEDLAB CLINICAL (ASX: MDC) has become the ASX's newest licensed cannabis supplier after winning its regulatory approval from the Victorian State Government. The company, which is currently in clinical trials for its NanaBis and NanaBidial products, is now allowed to sell medical cannabis in several Australian states. Medlab produces its trademarked NanaBis drug in Melbourne, a buccal spray product which is designed to alleviate cancer pain and provide an alternative to opioid treatment. Chief executive Sean Hall said his company now turns its focus to building confidence within the medical fraternity, which is responsible for prescribing NanaBis, as well as other industry stakeholders.

Stonehouse calls for medical cannabis accessibility

A Rockingham-based MP is calling for medicinal cannabis to be made more accessible and the drug to be legalised in WA this year – but health professionals and the Health Minister have disagreed with his assertions and warned the public over its addictive qualities. South Metropolitan MLC Aaron Stonehouse sparked debate in the Upper House late last year, with his Liberal Democrats party calling for additional freedom of choice in Australia In WA, medicinal cannabis can be legally prescribed and dispensed through medical practitioners in some circumstances. However, Mr Stonehouse said the current legislative process was too arduous. “The medical uses are starting to become better understoo

Tony Abbott in to bat for medical cannabis

Tony Abbott and Minister for Health Greg Hunt. FEDERAL Health Minister Greg Hunt will write to state colleagues to “streamline” patient access to medical cannabis after Tony Abbott went in to bat for the drug. The Daily Telegraph can reveal the former prime minister approached Mr Hunt in December after medical cannabis advocate Lucy Haslam raised concerns with him that terminally ill patients were being forced into the black market to access the drug because of government red tape. It comes after GPs complained they’d given up trying to prescribe medical cannabis more than a year after it had been legalised because they were continuously being blocked by NSW Health. In some cases pati

Has Australia jumped the gun on medicinal marijuana?

Has Australia jumped the gun too quickly in allowing the prescription of medicinal marijuana? Steve Price speaks with Professor Milton Cohen from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists to find the answer. “There is no doubt there are some effects that have been seen [but] they are very modest. “These substances are not coming through as great medicines.” Steve also speaks with Peter Crock, CEO of leading medical cannabis company CANN about the demand for medicinal cannabis. “It’s going to grow rapidly.” Listen to the full interview below Originally published here:

2018 Starts Great For Australia's Cannabis Businesses, Less So For Patients

Australian cannabis suppliers will be able to export their products come February, but local patients are still struggling. Mikhail Meleyev / Getty Imges Australia's minister for health Greg Hunt opened 2018 with a bang last week, announcing the federal government would be allowing the export of medicinal cannabis products. The declaration means big things for Australia's still-developing medicinal cannabis industry, however it attracted outrage from members of the Australian public who are trying (and failing) to access the medicine for themselves. Hunt said the move would pave the way for Australia to potentially become the world's number one medicinal cannabis supplier, and said there wou

Relaxation of medicinal cannabis export laws 'fake news': Barry Lambert

Barry Lambert (right) with Ecofibre's Eric Wang and Professor Iain Mcgregor in a cannabis field in Kentucky has taken a dim view of the government's new pot moves. Supplied Chairman of hemp company Ecofibre, and Australian Financial Review rich lister, Barry Lambert has slammed the federal government's move to green light medicinal cannabis exports as "fake news," saying Australian companies won't be able to compete with more established overseas competitors. Medicinal cannabis shares according to a Bloomberg index soared after the federal government said it would allow exports of medicinal cannabis products for the first time. The move is part of efforts to boost the growing domestic ma

CEO of cannabis firm Cann's return from death's door

Cann Group chief executive Peter Crock had a remarkable recovery after being told he would almost certainly die from cancer. Supplied "It's a miracle I'm still here. There's no other way to describe it." Peter Crock, the chief executive of medicinal cannabis company Cann Group has been at the helm of one of the best performing floats of 2017, but in the lead-up to the ASX listing went through a private hell that he wouldn't wish upon anyone. It was late November 2016 and a persistent cough and a general feeling of listlessness was troubling him. It was found to be whooping cough, but further tests brought grim news. Mr Crock was diagnosed with melanoma, the type of skin cancer familiar

Tas Alks considers expanding medicinal cannabis project for export

INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Tasmanian Alkaloids will review scope of medicinal cannabis project with AusCann under changes to federal export laws. Picture: Phillip Biggs Tasmania’s medicinal cannabis market could grow under the federal government plan to allow export of such products. Medicinal cannabis producer Tasmanian Alkaloids, and its distribution partner AusCann, will now review the partnership announced in May to explore export access. Health minister Greg Hunt announced the export plan on Thursday morning, and said it would help develop the medicinal cannabis sector and secure long-term supplies for Australian patients. Tasmanian Alkaloids chief executive Doug Blackaby said t

Medicinal cannabis stocks high on export move

Auscann’s Elaine Darby and Stewart Washer. IMAGE DIGITALLY ALTERED. react-text: 77 Picture: /react-text react-text: 78 Ian Munro/The West Australian. /react-text Medicinal cannabis producers are on a high after the Australian government gave them approval to begin exports. By 10.44am, shares in Cann Group were up 28 per cent at $3.68, The Hydroponics Company had gained 22 per cent to 87.5¢, and WA-based AusCann had soared passed a dollar for the first time, up 31 per cent to $1.075. Distributor Bod Australia also hit record highs in early trading - and was still up 24 per cent to 53.5¢s - after inking a manufacturing and commercialisation agreement with pharmaceutical company iX Bio

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