The cultivation of cannabis for medical or scientific purposes may become legal in Australia with legistlation to be introduced by the Federal Government today.
The establishment of a national cannabis cultivation scheme aims to pave the way for patients with painful and chronic conditions to access medicinal cannabis.
The proposed amendments to the Narcotics Drugs Act 1967 would allow for cultivation through a national licensing and permit scheme.
The Cannabis Party has called in the Auditor General to investigate The Drug Foundation, Children's Commissioner and Associate Health Minster after taxpayers' money was spent on a non-existent symposium, organised by a fraudster.
In 2014, charitable trust United in Compassion New Zealand organised a Givealittle page to raise funds for a symposium, with a goal of $100,000. However, the trust's CEO Toni-Marie Matich was accused of over $80,000 worth of concert ticket fraud and the Givealittle funds are still unaccounted for.
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has said he was happy to continue working with Matich on the medical cannabis issue despite the fraud allegations linked to her and United in Compassion.
By Arik Reiss, Montevideo, Uruguay
Uruguay is the first (and so far the only) country in the world to fully legalise cannabis. This means that anywhere it is legal to smoke tobacco it is also permissible to consume cannabis. Possession of cannabis is completely legal. Furthermore it is a small formality to register with the country's regulatory board IRCCA (Institucion de Regulacion y Control del Cannabis) to be a personal cultivator (Autocultivador) which means you are allowed to have as many plants as you like so long as you do not have more than six flowering at any given time. As long as you have your registration up to date you are not breaking any laws by growing cannabis plants - walking down the streets of Montevideo one will see plants on roof tops and window sills, and in the smaller towns like Piriapolis plants (some massive) will be openly growing in people's front yards. Cannabis clubs are also legal, a club can have up to 99 plants flowering at any time. What this amounts to is a sensible way of allowing the people of Uruguay to produce cannabis.
A senior minister will continue to work with a woman calling for access to medicinal cannabis despite her being investigated by police.
Toni-Marie Connolly (Formerly Toni-Marie Matich), co-founder of United in Compassion New Zealand (UICNZ), was last year thrust into the public eye through her work with Children's Commissioner Russell Wills, the NZ Drug Foundation and Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne, to broaden access to medicinal cannabis.
Police confirmed last month they were investigating Connolly, who allegedly owes $78,000 to hundreds of ticket-buyers.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise to legalise marijuana for recreational use could generate up to 5 billion Canadian dollars in taxes for Canada’s federal and provincial governments, a study says.
CIBC World Markets said its assessment is not comprehensive, but that with Ottawa and provincial governments facing revenue crunches in the wake of falling commodity prices, it is worthwhile exploring how much new revenue could be generated from legal marijuana.
In it, analyst Avery Shenfeld put forth various scenarios to try to pinpoint the size of the Canadian market for cannabis, using Statistics Canada surveys and a study in the International Journal of Drug Policy on the estimated number of pot smokers in the country, as well as Colorado’s experience.
The summer before he got sick, Nelson teen Alex Renton grew his first and only cannabis plants with his mother Rose, in a half-barrel in the garden. She'd told him no, originally – it wasn't worth it. She'd seen how cannabis convictions had ruined the lives of others.
But her oldest son was nothing if not determined – he felt strongly that medicinal cannabis should be available to all. He would follow his mum around with a laptop, telling her she had to read what he'd discovered, and when he turned 18 he voted for the Cannabis Party, believing a coalition might mean a change in drug law. Growing a plant shouldn't be illegal, he thought – and anyway, look at the harm alcohol caused amongst people his age.
A woman who may have otherwise died from her regular severe seizures has been granted approval for medical marijuana funding.
Alisha Butt, 20, has the mentality of a toddler and is unable to speak.
Her seizures had presented a huge problem for specialists who were unable to adequately treat her, leading to the possibility she could end up in a coma from one and die.
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