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Wed
15
Jul

Police in New South Wales have seized more than $100-million worth of cannabis in 2020

Police in New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, have seized more than $100-million worth of cannabis in 2020, according to

Thu
09
Jul

“Come out firing”: Australian cannabis growth continues

With Australia’s cannabis industry growing exponentially, could legislation become more progressive?

With Australia’s cannabis economy growing exponentially following the country’s 2016 move to permit the medical use of cannabis, industry analysts are projecting further legislative shifts in favour of cannabis and hemp once the worst impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have subsided. In mid-June, the government approved an amendment to its legislation governing the export of narcotics, with the goal of improving access to international markets for producers and exporters of cannabis-based goods.

Thu
02
Jul

Australia: NT Farmers Association Promoting Hemp Cultivation

In Australia, the NT Farmers Association (NTFA) is encouraging agricultural producers in the Territory to take a crack at growing industrial hemp now that it is legal to do so with a licence.

The Northern Territory Government planted its first crop of industrial hemp in 2016, but it wasn’t until May 2019 that the Territory’s Hemp Industry Bill was tabled. The bill passed in August last year and the Hemp Industry Act and accompanying regulations came into effect in early May.

Tue
30
Jun

Marijuana use increased during COVID-19 lockdown, survey shows

The coronavirus pandemic led to a decrease in the use of party drugs like MDMA and cocaine, but also to an increase in pot use, according to Global Drug Survey.

Forty thousand people from 12 countries participated in the online survey that looked at changes in alcohol and drug-related habits during the global health crisis. The 12 countries included in the study were Germany, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, the United Kingdom, Austria, Denmark, Greece, Brazil, and Switzerland. 

Based on the data, nearly a fifth of people reported that they used less cocaine during lockdown, while 29% said they used less MDMA, popularly known as ecstasy or molly. 

Tue
23
Jun

Australian Government Improves Medical Cannabis Export Legislation

Australia’s Export Control Amendment (Certificate of Narcotics Exports) Bill 2020 is to improve access to global markets for the nation’s medicinal cannabis and hemp industries.

In 2018, Australia’s Federal Government decided to permit the export of medical cannabis products. But according to Freshleaf Analytics, the lack of phytosanitary certification hampered progress.

Mon
22
Jun

How Australians use medical cannabis since legislation: new survey

Australians report using medicinal cannabis for chronic pain, mental health and sleep with the majority sourcing cannabis illicitly, despite medicinal cannabis being legal, a new survey from the University of Sydney has revealed.
 
Photo of cannabis plant buds with a judge's gavel on a table

Medicinal cannabis has been available on prescription since 2016.

Fri
19
Jun

Australia: Cannabis As Medicine Survey Results

While medicinal cannabis has been available legally in Australia for some time, the latest CAMS survey found the majority of patients were still using illicit sources.

The results from the Cannabis As Medicine Survey (CAMS:18), conducted by researchers at the University of Sydney between September 2018 and March 2019* with 1388 Australians, found just 2.7 per cent were accessing legal products.

The most common conditions cannabis was being used for medicinally included pain, mental health issues (mainly anxiety and depression) and sleep problems.

Thu
18
Jun

Only 3% of Australians using medical weed get it from licit market: study

nly 3 per cent of Australians using medical cannabis access it through the government’s regulated program, a new study found. 

Medical cannabis has been legal in Australia since November 2016, when the government created a system where doctors could prescribe weed to treat various ailments.

Tue
09
Jun

A 500-day journey prescribing medicinal cannabis in Australia

Donielle Paul BSN, RN follows Dr Ben Jansen along his 500-day journey prescribing medicinal cannabis in Australia.

Dr Ben Jansen’s mission is solid: ‘to do the right thing’. Although this is his third consecutive conference weekend away in a row, he knows that this Monday morning, with his appointment book full of hopeful patients curious to try medicinal cannabis, he’ll have the opportunity to help change a few more lives for the better. Mission almost complete…well, for this morning.

Travelling around the country breaking stigmas and providing education on medicinal cannabis to the medical sector is just a small part of Jansen’s overall mission.

Fri
29
May

Australian Therapeutic Goods Association Suggests Rescheduling CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most popular cannabinoids among cannabis enthusiasts. 

Historically THC was the most popular, however, starting in 2017, CBD was searched for more often than THC on Google and that trend has continued into 2020.

Many patients and consumers want to receive the wellness benefits that CBD provides but without the euphoric effects that THC induces.

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