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Australian 2021 Cannabis Industry Awards Winners Announced

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The efforts of Australian (and New Zealand) cannabis pioneers and professionals have been recognised in the 2021 Cannabis Industry Awards.

“As cannabis fights for legitimacy and normalisation, we come together to celebrate this amazing plant, its incredible supporters, and the fastest growing industry in Australia,” states the Awards web site.

Founded in 2018, the Awards are divided into two sections – community and business, with multiple categories in each. The initiative involves an independent judging panel, the members of which are from diverse areas of the industry. Winners are generally selected by merit rather than popularity – this means small players get a better crack at getting a gong. But there are also some public vote award categories.


‘It’s mind-boggling’: the complex, and growing, use of medicinal cannabis in Australia

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Tens of thousands of people are turning to the drug to treat a range of conditions – but the evidence is patchy and costs can be high


When Helen was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in her early 40s, her doctor prescribed her a range of opioids. She tried morphine, meperidine and a few others, but none helped ease the constant pain her chronic condition caused.


Olivia Newton-John discusses cannabis use in cancer battle update

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Olivia Newton-John has provided a health update as she battles cancer.

livia Newton-John has opened up on USA TODAY overnight about her ongoing health battle with cancer revealing cannabis use has been a huge part of her healing.  (Image Source: Getty Images.)

Newton-John was first diagnosed with cancer in 1992, overcoming the disease in 2013 only for cancer to metastasize in May 2017 and spread to her bones.

The Grease star, 73, spoke with Hoda Kotb on TODAY, providing a health update while discussing managing her pain with medical marijuana provided by her husband.

“Right now I’m feeling pretty good,” she said.


The Green Organic Dutchman Makes Australian Debut

Canadian cannabis firm The Green Organic Dutchman (TGOD) is celebrating its first medical cannabis shipment to Australia.

In September last year, TGOD inked a distribution agreement with LeafCann for Australian and New Zealand medical cannabis markets, where LeafCann will be the exclusive supplier of the company’s products in both countries.

While the first products were expected to be available to Australian patients by the end of the first quarter of this year, that didn’t eventuate for whatever reasons – and it’s not hard to think of a few.

In addition to challenges posed by the pandemic, anything related to cannabis tends to get bogged down by red tape.

Still, TGOD seems very happy with the way things have turned out.


Yet another criminal mastermind tries to dispose of cannabis cache right in front of cop

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An Australian driver initially was pulled over for dangerous driving, but later was charged for that and obstructing the police by ripping open bags of illegal drugs and trying to dump them before an officer could arrest him. 

The 29-year-old driver was observed in his truck travelling in a dangerous manner about midday on Oct. 9, notes a statement from the Queensland Police.

Directed by the highway patrol officer to pull over, the driver did so but failed to comply with the officer’s instruction to remain seated inside the truck. The police then saw the man try to conceal some property under his seat.

While being arrested for non-compliance, the man “allegedly obstructed police by attempting to tear open packets of drugs on the roadside,” notes the statement.


Australian Hemp Sneaker Company Planting Trees

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In what it describes as a month of climate action, Blac Sneaker Company is donating funds with each hemp sneaker purchase to have trees planted on its behalf.

Relatively new on the footwear scene, Blac Sneaker Company was established in 2019 with a goal of creating simple, stylish sneakers for everyday wear that minimise environmental impact in their production.

“We believe good quality and comfortable sneakers provide the perfect balance between sustainable, durable, useable and practical,” says the company. “These elements are important when designing a shoe that has a positive impact on society whether it be through the materials used or contribution to communities.”


Is all cannabis the same? How do its variations impact us?


Are you interested in learning more about the cannabinoids you use? Researchers from Monash University are trying to answer the questions ‘Is all cannabis the same?’ and ‘How do its variations impact us?’ and they are turning to the Northern Rivers community for answers.

‘We wanted to focus on the Northern Rivers region which is more diverse in its cannabinoid profiles than that which can be found in the big cities,’ Says Yann Chye, research fellow on the Cannabis Components Research Study team.

Lead researcher Professor Murat Yücel says that while ‘We know that cannabis is a hugely diverse plant. It has hundreds of chemical compounds, known as cannabinoids. Yet, we don’t know much about how they affect us.’


Cannabis to drop rates

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Maribyrnong council is planning to become the first Australian council to grow medicinal cannabis to reduce household rates.

He said the enterprise could deliver a source of revenue independent of rates and boost local employment.“It’s become increasingly apparent, particularly with COVID, the community are really hurting financially,” Cr Clarke said.


“The community ask us to look at rates. They ask, can we reduce rates?


OTC Cannabidiol Sleep Study Kicks Off

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An Australian university has started a clinical trial investigating if an over-the-counter cannabidiol (CBD) product can assist with sleep disturbances.

Since February this year, certain cannabidiol products can be sold over-the-counter in Australia without a prescription by pharmacists. But given the stringent criteria associated with a Schedule 3 (S3) pharmacist-only classification, none are available as yet.

However, the race is on to be the first to market to tap into the pent-up demand in Australia for OTC CBD.


Cannabis use spiked, but methamphetamine use plunged in Australia during COVID-19 lockdown

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Wastewater samples taken during 2020 show that methamphetamine (ice) use plunged in Australia during the first COVID-19 lockdown while cannabis use spiked, according to a new study led by the University of South Australia.

Western Australia recorded the largest drop in ice loads, falling more than 50 per cent between April and June 2020, attributed to border closures restricting imports of the popular drug. Cannabis is largely produced locally so national supplies were still plentiful, and wastewater samples reflected this, with all states except the Northern Territory showing large increases in cannabis use.


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