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Thu
11
Feb

Australia is about to legalize growing marijuana nationwide

Australia appears set to legalize the growing of marijuana for medical use nationwide. A bill introduced to parliament Wednesday (Feb. 10) by the Liberal Party would amend the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967. It looks guaranteed to become law, as the main opposition party immediately pledged support for it.

Under the proposal a national licensing and permit scheme would be established for supplying medical cannabis to patients with painful and chronic conditions. It’s expected to become law by the end of March.

Wed
10
Feb

After Mormon church says no to medical marijuana, supporters may look to voters

On the heels of the LDS Church voicing opposition to a bill to legalize medical marijuana, supporters of the measure are weighing the possibility of a ballot initiative to put the question before voters if the bill fails.

"We're exploring that option. We're exploring it very seriously," said David Kirkham, one of the original founders of Utah's tea party and a former Republican gubernatorial candidate, who added he has been in contact with several influential friends about the effort.

"I think it's going to happen," Kirkham said. "If the church is going to do this in smokeless back rooms, then we need to light some fires for the people in broad daylight."

Wed
10
Feb

The Turnbull government is making medicinal cannabis legal in Australia

The federal government is introducing legislation to parliament to allow the cultivation and use of medicinal cannabis under a national framework today.

The move follows Victoria’s announcement last year that it will legalise the drug for medical use in 2017. NSW is also currently conducting trials into a cannabis-based drug, Epidolex, with a focus on children with epilepsy, and leading the state-based focus on medical marijuana.

Wed
10
Feb

Is Risk Of State Discipline Scaring Illinois Doctors Away From Medical Marijuana?

The patients seeking medical marijuana inquire almost daily with Dr. Rahul Khare at his storefront health care clinic in Lincoln Park.

They come with cancer, spinal cord diseases, rheumatoid arthritis. Some have been turned down for a cannabis referral by the doctors they see regularly, not because they might not qualify, Khare contends, but because many physicians are hesitant to refer anyone for marijuana.

Khare, who said he has been writing marijuana referrals for only a few weeks, sympathizes with doctors who don't want to put patients on pot but believes some are unfairly withholding a drug that could bring relief to many.

Wed
10
Feb

Australia: Coast Mum Buoyed By Progress On Medical Cannabis Legislation

SUE Paynter and her daughter Jasmin couldn't be in a fresh photo or video for this story today.

The reason.

Jasmin has been floored by yet another gruelling day of epileptic seizures.

The 12-year-old suffers Dravet syndrome, a rare form of catastrophic epilepsy.

As Jasmin slept, her mother, Lake Cootharaba resident Sue, spoke with hope in her voice, at the thought of marijuana being legally grown, regulated and distributed to those with chronic, terminal or painful conditions.

Jasmin recovers after another testing epileptic episode.

Wed
10
Feb

Israel: Knesset debates marijuana users driving

Currently, medical marijuana users are prohibited from driving at all and in some cases have had their licenses revoked.

Knesset Members debated on Tuesday whether to amend a law so as to permit those using cannabis for medical reasons to keep their drivers licenses.

Currently, medical marijuana users are prohibited from driving at all and in some cases have had their licenses revoked.

At the Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse chaired by Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg who has publicly admitted to occasionally smoking marijuana. gave its backing to the opinion of the Health Ministry’s Medical Institute for Road Safety last month that medical marijuana use is similar to other types of prescription medication.

Wed
10
Feb

Australia commits to legal growing of medicinal marijuana

CANBERRA, Australia – Australian lawmakers committed on Wednesday to legalize the growing of marijuana for medical use within a part of the world renowned for zero-tolerance and harsh penalties for illegal drugs.

The government introduced a bill to Parliament that would amend the Narcotics Drugs Act 1967 and create a licensing scheme for growing medicinal cannabis. Marijuana is currently illegal throughout Australia, but two states are considering making the drug available for therapeutic uses.

“This government understands that there are some Australians suffering from severe conditions for which cannabis may have applications and we want to enable access to the most effective medical treatments available,” Health Minister Sussan Ley told Parliament.

Wed
10
Feb

Florida Medical Marijuana Campaign Receives SEIU Florida Endorsement

Today the Service Employees International Union of Florida (SEIU Florida) proudly announced its endorsement of United for Care’s ballot initiative, which will allow Florida voters the chance to vote on medical marijuana in November 2016. In the 2014 election, the SEIU supported United for Care and Amendment 2, which received 58% in that election.

SEIU Florida represents over 55,000 active and retired healthcare professionals, public employees, and property service workers in the state. SEIU Florida’s members provide crucial services in hospitals, nursing homes, public schools, community colleges, municipal and county governments, malls, and universities across the state.

Wed
10
Feb

Why can't we grow medical marijuana in Georgia?

Families share stories of how cannabis oil has alleviated their children’s suffering—but lawmakers remained worried that stoners will take over the state

Abby Conforti was two years old when she was diagnosed with severe autism. Shortly after her third birthday, she began repeatedly biting her right arm and violently screaming. Jennifer and Bryan Conforti characterized their daughter’s meltdowns as “demonic,” and said they were afraid to hold their child. “My arms are covered with bruises and cuts from her trying to rip my arms off of her,” Jennifer said last month. “If she can’t bite herself, she’ll bite us.”

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