Marijuana Dispensaries Are Keeping Cannabis Out Of The Hands Of Minors In Oregon

A man shops at Farma, a marijuana dispensary, in Portland, Oregon, on October 4, 2015. (Photo credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) All 25 marijuana dispensaries in Oregon passed the latest round of state minor decoy operations. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), which regulates the marijuana industry, periodically sends minors to try to buy marijuana from retail outlets. The latest operations targeted dispensaries in Portland, Bend and Salem, all of which had a compliance rate of 100 percent. After a spate of dispensaries failed the checks in December and January, regulators tripled the penalties for selling to minors. Retailers now face a 30-day suspension or $4,950 fine for

Legalise weed, says expert

Sunraysia-born health expert Dr Nick Crofts says the legalisation of cannabis would allow mean governments would have to put control methods in place. A WORLD-leading harm reduction expert says legalisation and regulation of cannabis for recreational use would be a more effective approach to the Victoria’s drugs policy. Colignan-born professor Nick Crofts, a Harm Reduction Australia board member, said legalisation of cannabis would allow the government to put in place and enforce regulatory controls, such as licensing, age limits and drug quality control. His comments come after a Victorian Parliament committee released a 640-page report into drug law reform, which recommended further

280 cannabis plants seized, man charged

A man has been charged after police seized approximately 280 cannabis plants during a search warrant on the Mid North Coast. About 2.50pm on Wednesday, March 28, police from Mid North Coast Police District, with the assistance of the Dog Unit, executed a search warrant at a home on Crescent Head Road. During the search, police allegedly located a large amount of cash, cannabis leaf and 280 cannabis plants. The plants to have an estimated potential street value of $560,000. About 3.45pm on Thursday, March 29, a 63-year-old man attended Kempsey Police Station where he was arrested. He was charged with cultivating prohibited plant, deal in proceeds of crime, possess prohibited drug and

Medical-cannabis producer again locked up

Tony Bower of Mullaways Medical Cannabis cultivating marijuna for his tincture. Photo Facebook/Tony Bower North coast medical-cannabis producer and campaigner Tony Bower has yet again been locked up after police raided his home on Wednesday and charged him with cultivating cannabis. Campaigners and supporters of the ‘Medicine Man’, as he’s widely known in the northern rivers, say they’re outraged at the latest targeting of Mr Bower, who owns the company Mullaways Medicinal Cannabis which supplies incture to more than 150 people, many of them children. He is believed to be in custody in Grafton Jail after around seven police searched his property on Wednesday afternoon and laid charges.

Review cannabis laws for potential recreational use in Victoria, report say

LEGALISING cannabis for recreational use should be researched by a new government advisory council, a long-awaited Victorian parliamentary report has recommended. The reform called for a newly created Victorian body to probe whether adults be allowed to indulge in marijuana in what could be seen as the beginning of a new approach to drugs. It is one of 50 recommendations put forward — resulting from the biggest ever state review of drug laws — and will now be now considered by the Andrews Government. The general consensus from the parliamentary panel was Victoria could ‘no longer arrest its way out of the drug crisis’ prompting the controversial range of reforms. Big Day Out. Flemington Ra

Gangs use students to babysit WA cannabis

A man from Sydney has been charged after a massive cannabis operation was discovered in Perth. Half a tonne of cannabis has been seized and 41 people arrested during eight months of raids on homes allegedly rented by gangs across Perth. Since July 1, detectives have seized about $250,000 in cash and nearly 9000 cannabis plants from 77 privately rented properties converted to house the illicit drug. Police revealed on Monday a Sydney man was accused of cultivating more than 1000 cannabis plants in an elaborate greenhouse set-up in Perth. The plants, plus about 200kg of cannabis with a potential street value of almost $2.5 million, and more than $10,500 in cash were uncovered during a

Medical cannabis red tape leaves parents facing jail

Rev. Crews speaks with Dr. Michael Gannon, boss of the Australian Medical Association, about red-tape tolding up medicinal cannabis. (Image: Download this podcast here Originally published here:

Brisbane father blames barriers to cannabis oil for daughter's death

Photo: Steve Peek's daughter Suli died after being admitted to Brisbane's Lady Cilento Children's Hospital (ABC News: Leonie Mellor) A Brisbane man wants a public inquest into the death of his nine-year-old daughter, saying she died prematurely because she was repeatedly denied access to medicinal cannabis. Steve Peek's daughter Suli had a complex neurological disorder and cerebral palsy. She could communicate only by blinking her eyes. Her condition resulted in life-threatening seizures, sometimes 200 times a day. She was on epilepsy medication, but Mr Peek said it was largely ineffective and had horrendous side-effects, while the seizures continued. "It's terrible, heartbreaki

Father faces jail for medicating his daughters with cannabis juice

Photo: Stephen Taylor is facing charges for allegedly cultivating marijuana. (ABC News: Michael Vincent) After years watching his daughters Morgan and Ariel suffer from the chronic auto-immune disease Crohn's, Stephen Taylor decided to research medical cannabis. "A couple of times there I carried Morgan into hospital weighing around 32 kilograms — actually carrying her in my arms and crying," he told 7.30. "No parent should have to do this. At any stage." After finding no doctor would take on the lengthy Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) application process for legal access to medical cannabis, he decided to take matters into his own hands. He began juicing cannabis to treat hi

Could medicinal cannabis replace demand for codeine?

Medicinal cannabis advocates urge all states and territories to follow New South Wales's lead and remove barriers to accessing the medication. It comes as some doctors report an increase in demand for the treatment, since codeine was taken off pharmacy shelves last month. But, advocates say the biggest hurdle is getting doctors comfortable enough to prescribe a drug they don't know much about. Duration: 2min 33sec Broadcast: Sat 3 Mar 2018, 8:00am More Information Featured: Ben Oakley, medicinal cannabis user Michael Oakley, Ben's father Blaise Bratter, Medical Cannabis Council Doctor Teresa Towpick, Sydney GP Originally published here:

NSW slashes wait times for medicinal cannabis approval

The NSW government has announced patients who use medical cannabis will have shorter wait times and fewer forms to fill out to apply for use of the drug. Currently, patients can wait for months for approval by the Commonwealth and NSW Health, after the sometimes lengthy process of finding a GP willing to prescribe the drug. Today the Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt, along with NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard announced government will streamline the process by introducing a single application process through the Therapeutic Goods Administration. “A single approval process enables a focus on the world-leading clinical trials under the NSW Government’s $21 million invested into medic

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