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Angela Merkel's party mulls legalising cannabis in Germany

Prominent members of the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) have begun to openly discuss legalising cannabis in Germany. The move would be a historic policy turn for the conservative party. Germany's center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is openly considering a momentous u-turn in the party's attitude to the legalisation of cannabis. "Cannabis could be freed for personal use, of course with controlled production and distribution," CDU interior policy spokesman Marian Wendt told the RND network on Friday. "The resources freed in the police and judiciary should be used to fight the illegal trade." Wendt's statement came after the German government's drug commissioner, Daniela Ludw

Aussies don't want laws overturned: survey

Australians don't want the federal government to overturn ACT's new laws legalising cannabis for personal use, a survey has found. The survey, conducted by market research company Roy Morgan, found 62 per cent of Australians were against an intervention. According to the survey, 27 per cent wanted to see an intervention while 11 per cent couldn't say either way. ACT passed laws to legalise the cultivation and possession of a small amount of cannabis last month. The laws have been labelled "crazy" by federal government ministers. The survey was conducted in mid-October with 1054 Australians quizzed. All age groups surveyed were against an intervention, led by 66 per cent of 35-49 year olds. T

Australians don’t want the new ACT cannabis law overturned

A special Roy Morgan online survey shows more than three-fifths of Australians (62%) don’t want the Federal Government to overturn the new ACT law decriminalising cannabis for personal use, which is set to come into effect in 2020. This is well over double the percentage who says they do want the Federal Government to step in (27%), while 11% can’t say either way. Clear majorities of all age groups are against the Federal Government stepping in and overturning the law, led by 66% of 35-49 year olds and 63% of 14-24 year olds. The smallest majority is in the 65 and over age-group, but even here 58% do not want the law overturned. These are the latest findings from a special Roy Morgan onl

Gladys Berejiklian Explains Why She Won’t Legalise Cannabis In NSW

Just a few weeks ago Australia’s capital city voted to legalise personal use of cannabis, with the ability to possess and grow the drug set to be allowed in the state next year. Following this decision, pressure was placed upon other states around the nation as to whether they would continue to keep cannabis illegal or follow in the footsteps of the ACT. As for NSW, it doesn’t look like the laws surrounding the drug will be changing anytime soon. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian joined the Kyle and Jackie O Show this morning when she explained why she didn’t support changing the laws surrounding cannabis. “If Canberra are legalising it and Canada has legalised it and most of America has legali

Victorian bowel cancer patient charged with cultivating cannabis

A Victorian grandmother is set to face court charged with cultivation and possession of cannabis after she said she was using the narcotic to treat her stage-three bowel cancer. Alice Burns said a lack of affordable medicinal cannabis led to her decision to grow her own cannabis, which she then used to make cannabis oil. The 54-year-old was arrested and charged in June, after a police tip-off led to a search of her home in regional Victoria's Otway Ranges. "The local policeman knew that I had cancer and had been using it for that. I admitted to everything. I said it was all mine, but they still charged my partner, who is also my carer, too," Ms Burns told nine.com.au. When Ms Burns was diagn

A growing number of Australians want cannabis legalised

New research from Roy Morgan shows increasing numbers of Australians across all age groups want to legalise cannabis – although 49% remain opposed. Overall, 42% of Australians now support legalisation of cannabis, up 9% points in just four years. The percentage who say cannabis should remain illegal is down 7% over the same period to 49%. A further 9% are undecided. Australians aged 18 to 34 years old are the most likely to support the legalisation of cannabis. This is also the segment of the population where opinion has shifted to the greatest degree over the last four years. In 2015 only 36% of 18 to 24 year-olds supported legalisation, now 50% do. The next age-group up, 25 to 34 year-olds

30 more children in Victoria to be treated with medicinal cannabis

Medicinal cannabis industry sprouts in Vic Source: AAP An extra 30 children with epilepsy will be able to take medicinal cannabis as the state government expands its scheme to help more lives. A Victorian teenager who spent the past seven years battling up to 50 epileptic seizures a day hasn't had any episodes since taking medical cannabis. Madison Williamson, 15, has been taking medical cannabis as part of her treatment for epilepsy for the past 10 months and hasn't had a seizure since, her mum says. "Over the years the seizures changed. She ended up having cluster seizure where they could be up to 50 a day," Amanda told reporters in Melbourne on Sunday. "Within two months, I realised that

How Madison went from 50 seizures per day to zero

Amanda Williamson first noticed something was wrong with her daughter when she was seven years old. She would freeze and stay unresponsive for 30 seconds at a time. Worried, she took her eldest daughter to see a specialist where she was diagnosed with epilepsy. Over the years, Madison's condition worsened. At the worst point, she was having up to 50 cluster seizures per day, and convulsive seizures, where she would fall and thrash her body on the ground. Madison Williamson.Credit:Luis Ascui "There were times where she couldn’t remember parts of the day. She’d be embarrassed, realising she had fallen over in the shopping centre," her mother said. The toll on Madison, who is now 15 and also li

Medicinal cannabis expands for kids in Vic

Victoria's scheme subsidising medical cannabis for children with severe epilepsy is being expanded. Credit: AAP A Victorian teenager who spent the past seven years battling up to 50 epileptic seizures a day hasn't had any episodes since taking medical cannabis. Madison Williamson, 15, has been taking medical cannabis as part of her treatment for epilepsy for the past 10 months and hasn't had a seizure since, her mum says. "Over the years the seizures changed. She ended up having cluster seizure where they could be up to 50 a day," Amanda told reporters in Melbourne on Sunday. "Within two months, I realised that there were no boxes ticked for seizures. There's been nothing since to this day.

Councillor throws support behind bid to legalise medicinal cannabis

END THE PAIN: Warrnambool City councillor David Owen believes medicinal cannabis should be legalised in Victoria to help ease the suffering of people with a chronic illness. Picture: Anthony Brady Warrnambool councillor David Owen has thrown his support behind a bid to legalise medicinal cannabis. Cr Owen, who is battling prostate cancer, said no one should have to suffer if there was a way to ease their pain. "We certainly should be looking at alternative medicines," he said. "It it can relieve some of the pain for someone suffering, I would support it. "People suffer enough in their lives." Cr Owen said he was weighing up his options with regard to treatment in the coming weeks after his d

Adelaide medicinal cannabis supplier pleads with court not to record conviction

Jenny Hallam is facing drug charges over the supply of medicinal cannabis. Credit: Jenny Hallam An Adelaide woman on drug charges over the supply of medicinal cannabis has asked a judge not to record a conviction against her. Jenny Hallam appeared in the District Court on Tuesday, where defence counsel Greg Barns argued she had lost about $20,000 supplying cannabis as a treatment for chronic pain, epilepsy and "a range of other serious ailments". "This is a case where you have an individual who is meeting... a demand which seems to have arisen in the Australian community," Barns said. "A conviction in this particular case is not warranted and we certainly say that a term of imprisonment, sus

$3 million for research into medicinal cannabis benefits

The Australian Government is investing $3 million from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) to examine the benefits of medicinal cannabis for pain, symptom and side effect management for cancer patients. The Morrison Government is investing $3 million from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) to examine the benefits of medicinal cannabis for pain, symptom and side effect management for cancer patients. Since her own battle, Ms Olivia Newton-John has been an advocate for breast cancer awareness and research, and through her personal experience and ongoing efforts has helped shine a light on the benefits associated with medicinal cannabis. An open and contestable grant opportunity will f

'A Dream Come True': Olivia Newton-John Wants More People To Have Access To Medical Cannabis

Olivia Newton-John thinks Australia is "on its way" to making medicinal cannabis available to those who need it thanks to a $3 million research pledge from the federal government. The beloved Australian actor and singer is a strong advocate for medicinal cannabis in cancer treatment, which she credits to helping her wean off morphine during her third bout of breast cancer. "I'm right here, right now, alive and healthy," she told a crowd of supporters at the annual Wellness Walk and Research Run in Melbourne on Sunday. "Last year, I was flat on my back in the centre [the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre] and this year, through treatment and medicinal cannabis, I am feeling

'It's all my doing!' Olivia Newton-John, 70, says her trip to Canberra may have helped t

She has been open and honest about using medical cannabis following her diagnosis with stage-four breast cancer. And actress Olivia Newton-John believes that openness has even helped changed legislation - such as Canberra's recent legalisation of the drug. Speaking to the Courier Mail on Friday, the 70-year-old said, jokingly: 'It's all my doing!' She added: 'In all seriousness I hope we played some part in it. We talked to the politicians about how the public are really wanting this change.' Her own battle with breast cancer has been immensely aided by medical cannabis, the singer said. 'It was instant. I felt a big change in my mobility and pain relief. It got me off morphine, whic

NSW: Dubbo's deputy mayor backs ACT cannabis law change

SUPPORTING DECRIMINALISATION: Dubbo Regional Council deputy mayor Stephen Lawrence says he supports a decision to legalise cannabis for personal use. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE Dubbo residents should be legally able to own small amounts of cannabis, the city's deputy mayor believes. Councillor Stephen Lawrence says he backs laws passed in the ACT last week, which make it legal to possess 50 grams of cannabis and grow two plants per person from January 31, 2020. "I'm certainly not advocating the legalisation of the supply and distribution of drugs, nor of the possession of anything other than very small quantities," Cr Lawrence said. "The focus of the criminal law and policing should be on drug dea

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