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Jail for money-making cannabis grower

Police remove plants from the Capel home. Picture: Kate Fielding / South Western Times A Capel man who was “making money” out of growing cannabis in his backyard has been jailed for 12 months. Police raided Vivian Charles Ian William Pell’s Tucker Street home on February 1 when they discovered 18 cannabis plants, nearly 3kg of cannabis material, 1000 cannabis seeds, clip seal bags, electronic scales, smoking implements and $965 in cash. The plants were irrigated and liquid fertiliser and nutrients were also located suggesting the 33-year-old “clearly knew what he was doing”, according to State prosecutor Jarrad Goold. Pell was sentenced in Bunbury District Court on Monday when he pleaded gui

Barry Lambert's: High Hopes

Rich-lister Barry Lambert had no interest in medicinal cannabis until it saved his granddaughter from the ravages of a devastating illness. Five years on, he’s become an international cannabis mogul. At 73, Barry Lambert listed his cannabis company Ecofibre on the Australian Stock Exchange. Credit: Louie Douvis/John Shakespeare Barry Lambert’s cannabis company Ecofibre is launched on the Australian Stock Exchange on a bright autumn day in Sydney. This is the first ASX listing I’ve attended, so I’m not sure how typical it is. But at about the point I find myself listening to Lambert’s son Michael talk about his sperm, it strikes me that this might not be a totally conventional event. Lambert’

Australia may have just accidentally imported illegal cannabis — and the government doesn't seem

Cannabis grown in unlicensed facilities in Canada by NYSE-listed CannTrust may have found its way to Australia via its distribution deal with Victorian medicinal marijuana company Cannatrek. The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration said it is Canada's job to ensure exports are legal and that it hasn't been notified of any issues by the Canadian authorities. Cannatrek has not responded to requests for comment. However, cannabis industry expert Rhys Cohen told Business Insider Australia the government's response is "not good enough" and demonstrates the problems in Australia's system of importing the drug. Australian consumers could be exposed to illegal and potentially even harmful bat

PLANT POTENTIAL Harvard University scientists reveal cannabis could hold key to CURING pancreatic ca

SCIENTISTS have revealed that CANNABIS could be the cure for pancreatic cancer after tumours completely disappeared from mice they treated with marijuana-derived compounds. Researchers at Harvard University say the treatment killed all the tumour cells in 70 per cent of mice with pancreatic cancer - a cancer that kills 93 per cent of its sufferers within five years. The Harvard team say they need to investigate their miracle find further before any concrete claims can be made. Credit: AP:Associated Press Pancreatic cancer is one of the hardest to treat forms of the deadly disease, but scientists have discovered that flavonids - the compounds present in the majority of plants that give them t

Medicinal cannabis product Nabiximols used to treat cannabis dependence at $200 a week

Professor Adrian Dunlop's trial on using cannabis medicine to treat cannabis dependence made interesting findings. A cannabis spray has been successfully used to treat Hunter residents who are dependent on the drug. The study included patients from Hunter New England Health's cannabis clinic. It involved a 12-week clinical trial of 128 people taking a cannabis-based medication called Nabiximols. It was the first study to show Nabiximols was a "safe and effective" treatment for cannabis dependence. The product includes equal parts cannabidiol (a non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant, also known as CBD) and the psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (also known as THC). It is sprayed under th

'Doctors don’t want to prescribe it’ claims Territory MLA. Patient cost is about $3300 a month.

Jeff Collins wants it to be easier for Territorains to get the scripts. (Photo by Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images) NO-ONE in the Territory has been prescribed medicinal cannabis or filled a prescription for the drug in the NT, shows new figures. According to NT Health Department data, no community pharmacies and hospital pharmacies in the Territory have records of the drug being prescribed. A spokeswoman said individual patients may have seen interstate specialists or been prescribed medicinal cannabis as part of medical trials, but the NT Health Department had no record of it. Independent MLA Jeff Collins said red tape and high prices were stopping people from getting the drug. “I’ve had co

Barnaby Joyce denies swearing at Lucy Haslam before medicinal cannabis debate in Tamworth | Video

Claims refuted: Barnaby Joyce. Photo: File In a subscriber-first exclusive, see the video of the bizarre exchange that unfolded in the Tamworth cinema between Barnaby Joyce and Lucy Haslam. Barnaby Joyce has been filmed in a bizarre 15 minute exchange with theatregoers at Thursday night's screening of medicinal cannabis documentary High As Mike, where the New England MP was accused "of not understanding the issue." Mr Joyce refuted claims by medicinal cannabis campaigner Lucy Haslam that he swore at her, after arriving late to the Tamworth screening, which was held specifically for him to attend. Mrs Haslam claims the embattled MP told her he "had better things to do than watch this f******

Thailand produces 1st batch of cannabis oil

Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul (above) holding up a bottle of cannabis oil at a press briefing yesterday. The first batch of the oil was delivered less than a year after Thailand loosened restrictions on the narcotic last December.PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS, COURTESY OF BHUMJAITHAI PARTY 4,500 5ml bottles delivered by govt body as hospitals prepare to prescribe the treatment Thailand's state-owned drug-maker presented its first batch of cannabis oil to the Health Ministry yesterday as the country readied public hospitals to prescribe the treatment. A total of 4,500 5ml bottles of cannabis oil were delivered by the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO

The first European country to legalise cannabis wants the rest of the EU to follow suit

A marijuana plant in Paris, France. Source: AAP Luxembourg will become the first European country to legalise the production and consumption of cannabis - and it wants its EU neighbours to join it. Health minister Etienne Schneider said the government would relax the country's drug laws because the policy it has had for the past 50 years "did not work". “Forbidding everything made it just more interesting to young people," he told Politico, as reported by The Guardian. "I’m hoping all of us will get a more open-minded attitude toward drugs.” A draft legislation will be unveiled later this year permitting Luxembourg residents 18-years and older to legally buy the drug for recreatio

Celeb chef Pete Evans would rather his kids 'have cannabis over alcohol' when they're of

'My Kitchen Rules' star Pete Evans and his daughters Chilli and Indii. (Instagram) Celebrity chef Pete Evans is no stranger to controversy, and this week he again raised eyebrows after admitting he'd rather his kids 'have cannabis' than drink alcohol when they're of age. The My Kitchen Rules star made the surprising admission on Instagram yesterday when asked by a follower how he would feel if his daughters smoked weed, given his pro-cannabis stance. "They are fully aware of what I do and stand for," replied Evans, who is dad to Chilli, 14, and Indii, 11. "They know I have taken many different forms of medicines and drugs in the past. We have open and honest discussions about it so th

Bid to chop medicinal cannabis red tape

The federal government is looking to make it easy to be allowed to produce medicinal cannabis. Image: AAP Organisations wanting to produce medicinal cannabis could soon find it easier to get the green light. The Morrison government is hoping to add to economic growth by making it quicker to get a licence to work in the burgeoning industry, for projects likely to make a big splash in jobs or exports. The pledge comes as more than 10,000 prescriptions for medicinal cannabis have been written in Australia. There are currently 69 organisations licensed to cultivate or produce medicinal cannabis across the nation. But from September, the Office of Drug Control will prioritise new licences for

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