The globalisation of cannabis cultivation: A growing challenge

Global patterns of cannabis cultivation have followed a fascinating development, from highly concentrated production in certain developing countries to decentralized production in almost every country around the world (UNODC, 2014). Historically, the spread of cannabis cultivation across the globe reflected the industrial utility of hemp; the widespread use of cannabis as a recreational drug did not appear until much later (Abel, 1980, Booth, 2003). It is with the emergence of modern patterns of cannabis use in the developed world that we have seen major changes in patterns of cannabis production. As demand for cannabis increased globally, fuelled by the developments of the “counter-culture” of the 1960s and 1970s, so cultivation in the developing world began to take on new dimensions.


Tasmanian Government called on to ensure medicinal cannabis

The Tasmanian Opposition has called on the Government to do more to ensure medicinal cannabis becomes available for patients.

About 50 people gathered at a Hobart rally calling for the legalisation of the drug.

Many of those attending had personal stories to tell about how the drug had helped them deal with the side effects of cancer treatment, the impact of seizures as well as chronic pain.

Natalie Daley, who was diagnosed with a rare cancer two years ago, said taking cannabis oil had significantly improved her health.

"Within an hour of taking cannabis oil my nausea started to lift and within a week I was up off the couch," she said.

"I was back to being myself, being a normal mother and housewife - it was amazing."


Lily Poulter’s agony continues despite fresh calls for medicinal cannabis trial

LILY Poulter vividly remembers the last time her shoulder popped out of its socket.

The nine-year-old was at school, engrossed in a test, when the slightest wrong movement caused the serious pain.

It wasn’t the first time it happened without warning and it will not be the last.

With her gap-toothed smile it would be easy to mistake Lily for a normal girl who adores learning and painting.

Yet she relies on opiate based medications every day to stay on top of her chronic pain caused by Ehlers-Danos Syndrome- a disorder which causes her points to regularly pop out of place.

She also suffers from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, which overstimulates the nerves, making even the slightest touch painful.


South Australia urged to join cannabis trials

THE South Australian opposition has called on the state to join the national research effort on medicinal cannabis.

OPPOSITION Leader Steven Marshall said SA was the only state not engaged with the clinical trials being conducted in NSW.

The trials are looking at providing medical cannabis to children with severe, drug-resistant epilepsy, adults with a terminal illness and adults with chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.

"The tardiness of the government in joining this national effort to improve the lives of people suffering a range of severe afflictions is disappointing," Mr Marshall said on Tuesday.


Guam Medical Marijuana Rules & Regs Still Being Developed

Guam - A medical marijuana policy forum was held on Saturday at the University of Guam where questions were asked of a panel which included people like public health director James Gilan and Dr. Laura Post.


The last wishes: Bali nine men brace for execution on Tuesday

Bali nine: Families arrive ahead of execution

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran's friends and families head to Nusakambangan island to spend the last few days with the Australian pair ahead of their execution.

Myuran Sukumaran has painted what could be his last self-portrait: a torso with a palm-sized black hole over the heart dripping with blood.

The eerie painting, brought back from Nusakambangan by their lawyer Julian McMahon, is a portent of Bali nine pair's  ghastly fate –  death by firing squad.

ukumaran and Andrew Chan were officially given 72 hours warning of their executions on Saturday.


CNMI marijuana bill author wants to alleviate pain

The author of a bill that proposes to legalise marijuana for medical use in the CNMI says there's a need to find an alternative to expensive medical treatments for terminal diseases.

The Northern Marianas Senator Sixto Igisomar says he was prompted to introduce the bill after Guam voted in favour of allowing the use of medical marijuana last year.

Mr Igisomar says marijuana for medicinal use can help alleviate the pain and suffering associated with debilitating conditions such as cancer and multiple sclerosis.


Guam: Marijuana board meeting touches on farmers, medical tourism from Japan

Draft rules and regulations for the island’s medicinal marijuana program are expected to be approved and open to public comment by late April, said James Gillan, director of Guam’s public health department.

In November, voters approved legalizing the use of marijuana for the treatment of certain medical conditions, making Guam the first U.S. territory to legalize medical marijuana. The drug remains a Schedule I controlled substance under local and federal law.

The Department of Public Health and Social Services, the lead agency tasked with developing guidelines and regulations under the law, has less than five months to submit rules and regulations to the Guam Legislature.


Australia: Man Who Grows Marijuana Illegally To Help Sick People: 'I Will Keep Doing It'

A man from the NSW Central Coast near Sydney, Australia, who is illegally growing marijuana which he supplies to people with anything from cancer to epilepsy, said he will “keep going it” despite the risk he runs of prison time.

Alex Impey may be seen in the eyes of the law as a criminal for growing the controlled plant, but he is seen as a hero by hundreds of sick people, many of them children, who benefit greatly from the marijuana he supplies to them.

Alex said he gets 20 new requests per week for marijuana, he told reporters.


Petition to legalize marijuana on Rota

A PETITION urging the legislative delegation of Rota to legalize marijuana for the “economic benefit” of the island has been circulating since last year, Variety learned.

The petition has been signed by more than 300 residents, students and parents since it was launched in June 2014.

The signatories are urging the island’s lawmakers to enact local legislation legalizing the growing, selling and smoking of marijuana (cannabis) for leisure and for medicinal purposes on Rota.

According to the petition, Rota is the most economically depressed island in the commonwealth.

There is “a large number of educated and productive members of the community leaving Rota to seek employment abroad.”


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