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NZ cannabis campaign on a knife edge

Legalise cannabis campaigners in NZ want PM Jacinda Ardern to back their case at a referendum Fifty days out from a national referendum, cannabis legalisation campaigners in New Zealand are fearful a lack of public advocates could cost them a chance at carefully crafted law reform. And many want the country's most popular politician, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, to join the push to get the measure over the line. Kiwis will decide whether to legalise personal marijuana use as one of two public votes - the other being euthanasia - alongside the election on September 19. Opinion polls for the "reeferendum" show a tight contest. Proponents have spruiked online polls showing the 'Yes' vote ahea

South West cannabis grower gets green light for bigger facility

West Australian medical cannabis producer Little Green Pharma has been given the green light to start growing plants in its expanded South West facility, paving the way for it to be one of the biggest in the country. Earlier this week the company received its medicinal cannabis cultivation and production permit from the Office of Drug Control to use the bigger facility. Little Green Pharma managing director Fleta Solomon. CREDIT: MARTA PASCUAL JUANOLA It will be capable of growing enough cannabis flower to produce 110,000 bottles of medicinal cannabis oil a year. In the past quarter alone, the company made $875,000 from 6050 bottles. Little Green Pharma managing director Fleta Solomon said m

Grieving dad using daughter’s tumour to help find cure

On a mission to conquer the cancer that killed his four-year-old girl Josie, Dr Matt Dun is using the cells from her brain tumour for research. The medical researcher has found a modified cannabis oil has the potential to kill both leukaemia and the brain cancer which took his little girl’s life. Originally published here: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/cannabis-oil-has-potential-to-kill-brain-cancer-cells-dr-matt-dun-finds/news-story/f382b37073205e3491038a46124a41fd

Cannabis May Help Prevent Deadly Lung Problems Linked To COVID-19

© Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images Fighting severe complications of COVID-19 may soon be added to the list of health benefits of cannabis. Researchers have found that one of the cannabinoids could help prevent a potentially deadly lung disorder linked with the coronavirus disease, influenza and other infections. The new study, published in Frontiers In Pharmacology, shows the new positive effect Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The main psychoactive component of cannabis appeared protecting the lungs in the lab by reducing inflammation caused by an infection. Researchers tested the effects of cannabis on acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), which affects over 3 million people worldwide ev

What’s the deal with getting and using CBD oil in Australia?

What you and your mates potentially know as CBD oil is actually cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis/word you’ll probably have to try pronounce at least twice. You’ve probably met its mate, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (aka THC aka the one that makes you wicked ≋h≋i≋g≋h≋) but CBD will not get you stoned. (Unless you’ve got it from somewhere slightly dodgy and you’re not 100% sure about the THC content). So to be clear, CBD is used for medical reasons and NOT Reefer Madness. What kind of medical reasons? According to Dr Iain McGregor, Professor of Psychopharmacology, “It’s more a case of what it doesn’t do rather than what it does.” What’s CBD good for? It was first discovered in the 50s

CBD For Dogs? New Research Backs Canine Cannabis Use For Osteoarthritis

Brett Hartmann gives his dogs Cayley, a six-year-old-Labrador Retriever drops of a cannabis based medicinal tincture to treat hip pain and anxiety. New research supports CBD for canine osteoarthritis. AFP via Getty Images Is your dog suffering from canine osteoarthritis? A new study suggests that CBD may help dogs with this painful arthritic condition. Canine osteoarthritis is an inflammatory condition marked by pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility. And it can leave dogs lethargic, irritable and reluctant to play, run or jump. Unfortunately, the condition is all too common in dogs. Researchers estimate that it affects at least 20% of all dogs older than 1 year old, with higher risk for olde

South Africa: Dagga activist Julian Stobbs fatally shot in armed robbery

'The Dagga Couple', Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke. Stobbs was shot and killed in an attack in the early hours of Friday morning. Image: Alaister Russell Julian Stobbs, one half of the precedent-setting “Dagga Couple” who fought a five-year battle through the courts for the legalisation of cannabis, has been killed in a robbery near Lanseria in Johannesburg. Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke operated a private members' club and music venue on the property. The armed robbery occurred in the early hours of Friday morning. "The attackers entered the couple’s bedroom and shot and fatally wounded Jules Stobbs. Myrtle was physically unharmed and the attackers made off with two cellphones and two laptops,"

Like cool, man: Israel decriminalises personal cannabis use

PHOTO: BY REUTERS/AMIR COHEN Despite the objections of ultra-Orthodox protesters, the cannabis laws now being promoted at the Knesset are nothing short of a revolution “THIS IS A VERY EXCITING moment,” said Knesset member Ram Shefa of the Blue and White party in addressing the Knesset plenary on June 24 as he introduced legislation regulating the cannabis market in Israel. He knew his historic bill was assured a majority at the first Knesset hearing after the ultra-Orthodox Knesset members, the legislation’s staunchest opponents, cut a deal with coalition Chair Miki Zohar to absent themselves from the vote. In addition to its preliminary approval of Shefa’s bill (it needs to be approved in t

Medicinal cannabis is legal in Australia, but people like Grace are still turning to the black marke

Grace looked at getting medicinal cannabis through a doctor, but in the end she stuck with the "illegal source".(Getty: Tinnakorn Jorruang / EyeEm) After Grace* was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, she turned to medicinal cannabis. But accessing it through legal medical channels was a challenge: she faced long waiting times and substantial paperwork. "I was offered through an illegal source where I could get it very quickly, and because my tumours were aggressive and time is of the essence, I decided to opt for the non-medical option," she tells ABC RN's Life Matters. Grace started to get cannabidiol (CBD) oil sent to her in the post, in an olive oil bottle. But concerns about the il

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