Oceania

Thu
01
Oct

Dope doctor vows to carry on supplying

Banned doctor and cannabis oil producer Andrew Katelaris is definitely not a crowd-pleaser.

Katelaris, who was de-registered in 2005 for supplying medicinal cannabis to his patients, has dedicated his life to advocating the medical benefits of the plant.

"My signature method is using a specific type of cannabis called cannabidiol or CBD that is believed to have very superior anti-convulsion properties to treat children with epilepsy and patients with chronic pain," Katelaris told Neos Kosmos.

With desperate families turning to him when traditional treatments fail, the controversial physician says children with intractable diseases have benefited from his alternative prescriptions.

Sun
27
Sep

New Zealand: Our weed ban is simply dopey

Don't hesitate to medicate," call the spruikers in their white coats on Hollywood Boulevard and Venice Beach, California, where doctors licensed to prescribe medical marijuana do a brisk trade. Walk-ins merely have to turn up and describe some vague pain or high level of stress to bag their weed.

The rest of the world seems to be trying to ignore it, but slowly and surely the United States of America, until recently leading the charge in the war on drugs, is legalising marijuana possession. Twenty states, from Alaska to Vermont, have already decriminalised adult cultivation and use of cannabis.

Mon
21
Sep

Australia: Hemp worth millions

KEY agriculture sector names are lining up to back industrial hemp as a food crop, but advocates say access to the billion-dollar global industry is shrouded in bureaucracy.

Hemp fibre crops were legalised in NSW in 2008, but producers said the lack of legal approval for hemp seeds as food prevents the industry from gaining acceptance as a mainstream broadacre crop.

Fri
18
Sep

Australia: Doctor supports drug plan

MILDURA general practitioner Ravi Ravoori has welcomed the Victorian Government’s plans to legalise the use of medicinal cannabis in exceptional circumstances.

 

The state government is considering recommendations from the Victorian Law Reform Commission on how to change the law to allow this type of medical treatment to occur.

Dr Ravoori said the use of medicinal cannabis would benefit people with epilepsy, cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

The state government is partnering with the New South Wales government for Victorians to participate in clinical trials next year.

Medicinal cannabis is legal in Canada, Austria, the Netherlands, Israel, Spain, Italy and more than 20 states in the US.

Mon
14
Sep

New Zealand Cannabis crusader keeps fighting in memory of son

Every morning, Rose Renton asks her son Alex to help her be strong and continue fighting in his name.

Alex was a fit and healthy teenager, but died on July 1 in Wellington Hospital, after spending months in an induced coma in "status epilepticus", a kind of prolonged seizure, the cause of which remains unknown.

During her son's illness, Renton made headlines as she and her family pushed for and were successful in getting Alex to be treated with medical cannabis oil.

Renton says the treatment was too little and too late, but regardless, her life has been turned upside down since.

Somedays, she still cries all day about him.

Mon
31
Aug

Hawke's Bay mother who gave daughter cannabis oil tells why she broke the law

A Hawke's Bay mother wants people to know what drove her to break the law by giving her daughter cannabis oil.

Toni Matich told TV One's Sundayprogramme she had no regrets because she eased her daughter's suffering.

Ms Matich said she had "spectacular" results after supplying her 17-year-old daughter, Monique, with cannabis oil to alleviate the pain from enduring more than 1000 seizures a day.

Monique was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that begins in infancy.

Every seizure carries the risk of causing severe brain damage.

Ms Matich was told by doctors she had exhausted all treatment options and her daughter had only months to live when she began researching medicinal marijuana.

Mon
24
Aug

Why Cannabis Needs to Be Legalized in Australia

The other week, one of my friends was charged with a crime. When I say “crime”, I don’t mean anything serious.

I apologize for not using the language of the polite and the civilized; but he didn’t steal anything, he didn’t punch someone, he didn’t rape anyone, and he didn’t kill anyone.

All he did was forget to clean out his car properly, leaving 0.3 grams of cannabis in the car. That’s right, 0.3 grams. Nothing. Less than a “joint”, as those devilish hemp junkies would term it.

Sat
22
Aug

One tonne of seized marijuana little use for those seeking relief from chronic pain

One tonne of marijuana worth up to $17 million has been seized by police this year but it is unlikely to bring any comfort to those with chronic pain or a terminal illness.

ACT Policing has raided numerous grow houses across the territory as part of a crackdown dubbed Operation Armscote, including its biggest haul in July of 900 plants worth an estimated $6 million.

The raids have filled police coffers with close to 1100 kilograms of cannabis but the drugs are destined to remain in storage for testing or as evidence before being destroyed.

A grow house discovered by ACT Policing during 2014-15. 

Tue
18
Aug

Philippines: Addiction is wrong

THE head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines scored as “misleading” reports that the Catholic Church supports proposed legislation to legalize the medical use of marijuana.

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas clarified that the CBCP neither endorses nor objects to the proposal because regulatory schemes and administrative strategies are beyond the competence of the CBCP.

But Villegas stressed three points in the Church’s teaching to summarize the CBCP’s position on the matter.

“Addiction is wrong,” Socrates said. “Those who facilitate addiction by placing habituating drugs within easy reach commit a very serious wrong.”

Sun
16
Aug

Synthetic cannabis Full Moon and Sinsence banned in South Australia

A SYNTHETIC cannabis that makes users psychotic and gives them apparent superhuman strength has been banned in South Australia.

Attorney-General John Rau added two new synthetic chemicals that mimic cannabis — known by the street names Full Moon and Sinsence — to the list of substances outlawed in the state.

They are believed to be similar to a type of synthetic pot known as Spice, which has become prevalent among homeless people in the US and UK because it is a cheap high, but which has side effects likened to crack cocaine.

The drug increases body temperature, sometimes leading users to strip naked. It has been dubbed “weaponised marijuana” by New York’s police chief because it makes addicts impervious to normal police take-down measures such as Tasers.

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