New Zealand

Tue
02
Jun

New Zealand family's desperate quest for cannabis oil

Treatment for a young man in an induced coma for 54  days is being held back because of the politics and bureaucracy around medicinal marijuana, his mother says.

Nelson teen Alex Renton was hospitalised in early April after a serious seizure. He has been in an induced coma in Wellington's intensive care unit since April 8.

Alex remains in 'status epilepticus', a kind of prolonged seizure.

"The seizure has sort of stuck on. They can't get under the receptors with the medication to stop the seizures." said his mother Rose Renton said.

Tue
02
Jun

Which State Has Cleared Over 80% of Its Prior Cannabis Convictions? The Leafly Legalization Roundup

With summer just around the corner, many legislative sessions are nearing an end, but that doesn't mean the end for cannabis progress! This week brings surprising and heartwarming news from down on the bayou in Louisiana, while California’s discussing legalization, New York is gearing up to select growers for their medical program, and India just held their first ever medical cannabis conference.

 

U.S. Updates

CALIFORNIA

Mon
01
Jun

Susan Sarandon extolls the benefits of marijuana

Susan Sarandon claims smoking marijuana has helped her career, although she never worked while under the influence.

The 'Lovely Bones' actress insists she has never worked while high but found reading scripts while under the influence of the drug changed her "perspective" on the projects.

She said: "I've never worked high, and I've never filmed high. But I've read scripts high and gotten a different perspective."

The 68-year-old actress - who has daughter Eva, 30, from her relationship with Franco Amurri and sons Jack, 25, and Miles, 22, with ex-partner Tim Robbins - believes smoking marijuana helps her be more "present" in the modern world and make the most of her down time.

Mon
01
Jun

New Zealand: Dunne states reality on decriminalising cannabis – no chance

In response to Family’s desperate quest for cannabis oil Peter Dunne was engaged in a Twitter exchange. In this he made it clear there has been no chance of successive New Zealand governments decriminalising cannabis.

In response to 

Good to hear
Decriminalisation!
Way to go

Mon
01
Jun

What is Sativex, can we do better?

During all of my posts in Medical Cannabis, there has been may references to Sativex, the only LEGAL medical Cannabis preparation in NZ, so I thought it was time to delve deeply into the product and explain it, and why it is an incomplete solution to the problem.

Fri
29
May

UK: The government just banned everything

Banned: Substances will now be guilty until proven innocent

Even by the standards of modern legislation, the psychoactive substances bill is startlingly inane. It seems to ban any substance which can cause a mental or emotional reaction. As must be obvious, that's almost everything in the world. Did this taste remind you of your mother's cooking? It's a psychoactive substance. Did it bring you a moment of happiness? It's a psychoactive substance. The government is about to ban almost everything.

This is not, to be fair, the legislation. This is just the advert. But the description of the bill in the Queen's Speech is troubling enough.

Tue
19
May

How cannabis wrecks the lungs

Smoking cannabis just once a week makes a person more likely to suffer respiratory problems, a study has warned. 

Users were more likely to suffer symptoms of bronchitis, including coughing in the morning, bringing up phlegm, and wheezing.

But when they cut down on cannabis or quit smoking, most found the symptoms reduced to levels similar to those found in people who do not smoke the drug, researchers found.

However, people who had been heavy users had a persistent cough and wheeze even after they cut down or quit, suggesting heavy cannabis use can have long-term affects on the lungs.

Wed
13
May

New Zealand follow the Australian approach, treat it as a herbal remedy

NORML, Peter Dunne and Family First all agree patients should have more access to effective medicinal cannabis. The question is How?

Instead of wasting time and money on years of pharmaceutical-level testing, NORML says we should follow the Australian approach, treat it as a herbal remedy, and immediately allow compassionate access.

Mon
11
May

To tax or not to tax? The marijuana problem

Dissonance between state law and federal law in the United States is leading to exorbitant tax bills for marijuana retailers.

While a legal activity in certain states, the sale of marijuana is still considered illegal under federal law.

States like Colorado that legalised the sale of marijuana have reported substantial tax revenue. Currently 23 states and one district have legalised marijuana for medical or recreational use, allowing anyone over the age of 21 to purchase retail marijuana from licensed shops.

However US federal law, including the federal tax system, remains at odds with permissive state laws. The incongruity is resulting in crippling tax bills for fledgling marijuana dispensaries.

Mon
11
May

New Zealand Medicinal Marijuana: If it's effective Peter Dunne will back it

New Zealanders increasingly favour legalising the medical use of marijuana, a ONE News Colmar Brunton poll shows.

Support has grown more than 10% since ONE News last tested the question 12 years ago but very few voters think it should be decriminalised completely.

Currently 48 New Zealanders are legally allowed to use Sativex which contains cannabis derivatives and the Associate Health Minister supports such products.

"If those products are shown as a result of the normal testing programme to be fit for purpose then we will permit them to be made available in New Zealand," Peter Dunne says.

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