UK: Former health minister took cannabis oil for BBC documentary

Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb has called for the legalisation of the substance Norman Lamb took the oil ‘purely for sleeping, for relaxation’. Photograph: Linda Nylind/The Guardian Norman Lamb, a Liberal Democrat MP and former health minister, has spoken about buying and using cannabis oil to relax himself before an important meeting as part of a BBC documentary about the legalisation of the drug in Canada. Lamb visited Canada with the Labour MP David Lammy and the Conservative MP Jonathan Djanogly for the programme to learn about the effects of cannabis in Canada, where recreational use of the drug is legal. As part of the documentary for BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat, he bought and sampled cannabis oil,

Colombia seeks to be a cut above on cannabis

The country has land, sun and skilled workers, but it must also deliver on medicinal-grade quality At Pharmacielo in Rionegro, Colombia, marijuana plants are cultivated and gathered for medicinal use. It is among a growing number of companies looking to build a base in the Latin American country © Reuters Colombia is notorious as the world’s biggest supplier of cocaine. Now it is positioning itself as a producer and exporter of another drug, one that is increasingly legal around the world — cannabis. With interest in medical marijuana booming, the big North American cannabis companies are increasingly looking abroad for places where they can grow plants easily and cheaply. Colombia, with

1,500 outdoor cannabis plants seized by QLD police

Detectives from Tully Criminal Investigation Branch and the Major and Organised Crime Squad executed a series of search warrants in the Cassowary Coast area on July 16 as part of ongoing efforts to disrupt the production and supply of dangerous drugs. At around 9.30am, a search of a Granadilla Road, El Arish address located over 1,500 cannabis plants, approximately five kilograms of dried cannabis, one unregistered and one unsecured firearm and other drug paraphernalia. A 20-year-old local man was charged with one count each of producing dangerous drugs (cannabis), possessing dangerous drugs (cannabis), possessing anything used in the commission of crime defined in, possess drug utensils or

Clearing the smoke

For the first time, Australia is getting industry awards “to honour Australian cannabis and hemp pioneers” With recent provisions for access to medical cannabis and hemp in Australia, the inaugural Cannabis Industry Awards Australia have been launched this year to “recognise contributions made by both by companies and activists in promoting the cannabis industry”. The awards will be split into ‘Community’ and ‘Business’ segments with a total of 42 award categories. Examples of business award categories include Business of the Year, Product of the Year, Service of the Year, Doctor of the Year (for doctors who are leading the way for patient access and cannabis education), Best Tech Award and

Hawaii decriminalises cannabis

File photo of cannabis plant The US state of Hawaii decriminalised possession of small amounts of cannabis on Tuesday, joining two dozen other US states that have adopted similar measures. Under the new law, anyone with up to three grams of cannabis faces a $130 penalty but the possibility of 30 days in jail for even a tiny amount of the drug, and a fine of up to $1,000, has been removed. The state's Democrat-controlled legislature approved the new bill in May and sent it to Governor David Ige for final approval. Ige did not sign it but he did not veto it either, effectively letting the bill, which comes into effect on January 11, 2020, become law on Tuesday. Advocacy groups welcomed the mov

Canada: Patient who uses 100 grams of cannabis per day granted right to possess a kilogram at a time

Allan Harris argued his constitutional rights to liberty, equality were violated by 150-gram limit The Federal Court has ruled that a 150-gram limit on possession of medical cannabis violated the constitutional rights of a man who is allowed to use 100 grams a day, or about three kilograms a month. (CBC) The Federal Court has granted a medical cannabis patient the right to possess a kilogram of cannabis at a time, ruling that the 150-gram regulatory cap violates his constitutional rights. Allan Harris, who has a doctor's authorization for a daily dose of 100 grams, argued the 150-gram limit impeded his ability to travel. He said it also cost him dearly financially. The cap prevented him from

UK: Cannabis has great medical potential. But don’t fall for the CBD scam

The UK market for cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis, will soon be worth £1bn. But consumers are being conned ‘What a giddy array of products there are: from CBD water to cooking or massage oils, pills, chewing gum, transdermal patches, pessaries, gin, beer and lube.’ Photograph: MediaWorldImages/Alamy Stock Photo Roll up, roll up, ladies and gentleman, and gather around. Do you, your loved one – or family pet – suffer from any of the following conditions? Cancer, epilepsy, diabetes, arthritis, anxiety, menstrual cramps, insomnia, dry skin, psychosis, Alzheimer’s, dementia, anger, depression, ADHD, Crohn’s and IBS, PTSD, opiate addiction, Parkinson’s, pain of any kind, migraine, or ca

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