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Thai farmers giddy over new medical marijuana law

Thailand's National Assembly legalised the use of marijuana and kratom, a traditional herb, for research and medical use. Thai farmers welcomed a new law allowing cultivation and use of marijuana for medical purposes Wednesday, in an Asian first that promises an economic bonanza but also fears that foreign companies could reap the rewards. Thailand's National Assembly passed a bill Tuesday legalising the use of marijuana and kratom -- a traditional herb -- for research and medical use. The move is a significant step for a region that levies harsh sentences for drug violations. It would also allow for the production, import and export of marijuana. The bill, which still outlaws recreational u

Thailand approves medicinal cannabis

Campaigners had held protests demanding medicinal cannabis be allowed Thailand's parliament has voted to approve cannabis for medical use, with a key lawmaker calling it a "New Year's gift" to the Thai people. Recreational use will remain illegal. Marijuana was used in Thailand as a traditional medicine, until it was banned in the 1930s. South East Asia has some of the world's toughest penalties for drug usage or possession, and Thailand is the first in the region to allow medicinal marijuana. Thailand's junta-appointed parliament voted to amend the Narcotic Act of 1979 on Tuesday. It happened after an extra parliamentary session was arranged to push bills through before the New Year's holid

A.Katelaris: "Cannabis is a blessing to humanity"

In Australia Andrew Katelaris has been advocating the benefits of cannabis for decades. His strong support and "high risk" strategies drew a lot of positive and negative attention. Caused him to loose his license and even be jailed for producing and supplying cannabis oil to children with epilepsy. In the latest case he represented himself at court and by the end of the trial the jury decided to acquit him of all charges. On that occasion he spoke to SBS and Emma Papaemmanouel. He believes that cannabis is a blessing for humanity and that both its cultivation and use must be again legalized as it was for thousands of years. In 1988 Dr Andrew Katelaris initially researched the industrial us

Medical cannabis tested as potential treatment for brain cancer

The cannabis oil contains a high THC, or Tetra Hydro Cannabinols. (9NEWS) One of Australia’s top neurosurgeons is at the forefront of a world-first trial testing whether medical cannabis could be used to treat aggressive brain cancer. Professor Charlie Teo and nutritional supplement company BioCeuticals are leading the clinical trial, which is examining if the plant-based tonic can ease symptoms and maybe even slow cancer growth in sufferers of Glioblastoma, or GBM. Eighty two Australians aged between 19 and 70 with GBM are participating, taking a daily oral dose of cannabis containing high THC (Tetra Hydro Cannabinols) . “The product that we are using in the trial is an organic, whole

Fiona Patten moves to legalise cannabis, predicts revenue of $205m

Reason Party leader Fiona Patten will introduce a private members bill to legalise cannabis. Re-elected MP Fiona Patten has put drug law reform at the top of her political agenda by introducing a bill to legalise marijuana in Victoria, which she hopes will gain the support of the new Parliament. Ms Patten wants cannabis legalised so that it can be cultivated and manufactured while subject to regulation. She will introduce a private member's bill on Thursday for the legalisation of cannabis on the first sitting day of the new Parliament. The change would contribute $204.6 million to Victorian coffers over four years, Ms Patten argued. “Currently it is easier for our children to buy can

NZ to hold vote on recreational cannabis

New Zealanders will be asked whether cannabis should be legal for recreational use in 2020. Source: Getty The New Zealand government will hold a binding referendum on the legalisation of recreational cannabis during elections in 2020. New Zealand is set to hold a binding referendum on the legislation of recreational cannabis, the government has announced. The plebiscite would be held alongside the country's next general election, in 2020, Justice Minister Andrew Little told reporters on Tuesday morning. A cannabis referendum was promised as part of a deal by the Labour Party to get support from the Green Party to form a government after last year's general election and MPs have been mu

Stirling mother says medicinal cannabis an ‘outrageous cost’

Michelle O'Brien (Stirling) with her son Caleb (13). MEDICINAL cannabis has substantially improved a Stirling teenager’s health but the extraordinary cost is putting it out of reach. Michelle O’Brien said her son Caleb Bhatti’s seizures have reduced from 10 a day to one a week since he started taking Canadian company Tilray’s cannabidiol (CBD) product, a non-psychoactive compound from cannabis. Caleb (13) was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was eight months old, followed by an epilepsy diagnosis two months later. He also has an intellectual disability and the tumour’s position makes it too risky to remove. Ms O’Brien said Caleb tried 10 different anti-epileptic medications with

Parents who gave cannabis oil treatment to son to treat autism have no convictions recorded

Photo: Stephanie Mackay and Jamie Blake pleaded guilty but had no conviction recorded. (ABC News: Emilia Terzon) A central Queensland mother and father have escaped jail time for administering home-grown cannabis oil to their five-year-old son with autism. Key points: Jamie Blake and Stephanie Mackay produced their own cannabis oil to treat their son Justice Crow told the court there was no evidence Callum was injured by treatment University of Sydney researcher says cannabis oil's effects need further study Jamie Blake and Stephanie Mackay pleaded guilty to several drug-related charges in Supreme Court in Rockhampton on Monday. One charge, supplying a dangerous drug to a minor, c

There will be no household limit on number of legal cannabis plants

The bill, which is expected to pass next year, would allow Canberrans to legally cultivate four cannabis plants each. Sharehouses in Canberra could be teeming with pot plants when cannabis is legalised next year, with no household limits on the number of plants permissible. The private members bill from Labor backbencher Michael Pettersson removes the possession of cannabis under 50g as an offence and allows individuals to cultivate up to four plants. The plants cannot be grown hydroponically or with artificial light. However because there is no limit on the total number of plants per household, it's led to speculation that houses with multiple residents could have multiple plants each.

Second job needed to foot cannabis bill

By day, Amanda Merendino works in a pharmacy. By night, she takes on a second job in a pub to pay for the medical cannabis that has turned her life around. The 29-year-old, who has had epilepsy since she was 12, pays almost $600 for a month’s supply of Tilray medical cannabis — a cost she is struggling to afford. Ms Merendino said the medicine had transformed her from a skeletal “zombie” on strong medication to control eight or nine seizures a day. Her weight had plummeted to 42kg, with many people assuming she had an eating disorder. Figures show that by last month, the Therapeutic Goods Administration had approved 2339 special access scheme applications for unapproved medical cannabis prod

'Good doctor' found not guilty in medical cannabis case

Michael Balderstone speaks with Dr Andrew Katelaris at Medican in Nimbin on Saturday, October 20. Liana Turner THE Australian HEMP Party has welcomed the decision of the Downing Centre District Court which found Dr Andrew Katelaris not guilty of all charges in relation to the supply of medical cannabis to patients. HEMP Party President Michael Balderstone expressed his support for Dr Katelaris. "This decision has been a long time coming for the courageous good doctor," he said. "We're seeing the courts ignore the strict rule of law of cannabis when it comes to its medical use. "Dr Katelaris has put his life into bringing to light the potential of healing with cannabis and it's hea

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