Cannabis News

Medicinal cannabis may become more readily available in New Zealand.

That comes as a ONE News/Colmar Brunton poll shows more Kiwis are open to the idea of greater use of medicinal marijuana for health purposes.

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne is undertaking a review of the national drug policy and drug laws and says while there's been no relaxation of laws on recreational drug use, he's open to more medicinal products being available if they undergo a comprehensive testing regime.

The poll shows 47% of people think marijuana should be legal for medical cases, with nearly a quarter saying it should remain illegal.

Just nine percent believe marijuana should be legalised for general use while 21% say possession of a small amount should only incur a fine and no criminal conviction.

There is one product on the market currently that contains cannabis derivatives - it's called Sativex and 48 Kiwis are allowed to use it.

A licence has been issued to Australian medical cannabis company AusCann to grow cannabis on Norfolk Island.

“In my press release of 27 March 2015 I advised the community that an application under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1927 was expected from AusCann Group Holdings Pty Ltd for a licence to import, export, plant, cultivate, tend or harvest and sell cannabis for the purpose of establishing a medicinal cannabis industry on Norfolk Island for export purposes”, Minister Hon Robin Adams said.

“I am pleased to advise that an application has been received and a rigorous assessment undertaken to ensure that all the concerns identified by the Administrator, Mr Gary Hardgrave, with an earlier application from another company, have been addressed by the current applicants” the Minister said. “That assessment is now complete”.

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The Catholic Church is outraged that Mother Mary Joseph Aubert is credited with being one of New Zealand's first growers of marijuana.

The claims are made in the new documentary Druglawed and are validated by numerous sources.

Druglawed director and producer, South African filmmaker Arik Reiss stands by the authenticity of his research about the soon-to-be Catholic Saint.

The church claims that stories about Mother Aubert experimenting with or being the first person in New Zealand to cultivate cannabis are based on anecdotal accounts “many times removed from a direct source”.

It quoted a DSIR toxicologist’s paper from 1971 which stated that, before 1965, the drug (marijuana) was virtually unknown in New Zealand.

“No cultivation of the plant was known and few of the general public knew anything at all about it,” the paper stated.

President Barack Obama offered qualified support for efforts made in the U.S. Senate to decriminalize medical marijuana during an interview for CNN's documentary "Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution," which will make its debut Sunday night. Hosting the program is Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the network's chief medical correspondent.

Gupta asked the president his opinion of the proposed Carers Act of 2015, a Senate bill that would change federal law regarding state-legal, medical-marijuana programs. The bill would allow states to legalize marijuana for medical use without federal interference, increase research into marijuana's medical benefits, and reclassify its status as a dangerous drug. Obama replied:

A bill that would remove marijuana from the list of hard drugs, classifying it as a soft drug like alcohol, is set to be debated by Chile’s Congress in full after approval at the committee stage.

A Chilean municipality harvested legal medical marijuana last week as part of a government-approved pilot project aimed at helping ease pain in cancer patients.

The harvest comes after Chile’s first planting of pot for medical uses in October 2014. It is the work of a municipality in the capital of Santiago and the Daya Foundation, a nonprofit group that sponsors pain-relieving therapies.

“We’re laying the foundations for what will be the national production of medical cannabis,” Daya’s president, Ana Maria Gazmuri, said after cutting branches from cannabis plants.

Police arrested 53 people as pro-cannabis protestors gathered to get high and call for the drug to be legalised in London's Hyde Park today. Dramatic images captured the moment four officers took down and restrained a tracksuit-wearing man near the entrance to the park - just yards from a prominent police sign which read: 'Possession of cannabis is illegal'.

The crowds met this afternoon as part of the annual '420' event - a global celebration of cannabis which calls for reform to drug laws.

Thousands of campaigners were seen sitting on the grass openly smoking marijuana, comparing the size of their joints and listening to speakers while dozens of police officers hovered nearby.

Many protestors handed out cannabis leaf-shaped fliers and carried signs, with one reading: 'Ed Miliband wouldn't want his own children criminalised for cannabis possession.'

The Queensland and Victorian state governments have joined forces with New South Wales to take part in medicinal cannabis clinical trials.

The NSW Government introduced the scientific trials last year to help treat patients with drug-resistant and uncontrollable epilepsy.

The new agreement means Victorians and Queenslanders suffering terminal or life-threatening conditions can take part in the NSW clinical trials.

The three trials will be conducted by the NSW Government and will examine the use of cannabis in providing relief for patients.

Victoria's Health Minister Jill Hennessy said the first trial would be open to children with severe, drug resistant epilepsy, due to start mid next year.

"There's a series of experts that oversee the eligibility for who gets to partake and we'll be doing all we can to support Victorian families and Victorian kids who meet that eligibility criteria to participate in the trial," she said.