Ecstasy users should not be charged by police, former federal health minister Neal Blewett says. The former Labor MP also says cannabis laws around the country are “chaotic” and need reform. Dr Blewett made his assertions in a keynote address to a police drug and alcohol forum in Australasia on Tuesday.
Michael Bede Dooley, 59, was given a six-month fully suspended jail sentence in the Northern Territory Supreme Court for cultivating 81 cannabis plants. The Batchelor service station owner had been growing the crops for up to seven months when police raided his property in May last year. The court was told that Dooley was growing the plants because he believed cannabinoids were beneficial to the human immune system and could cure his sick mother. Justice Peter Barr was told his belief stemmed from the loss of his wife, grandmother and friend who were all undergoing radiation or chemotherapy when they died.
Mullaway, medical cannabis and treating epilepsy on mainstream TV.
Crimestoppers, an organization that encourages busy-bodies [surely ‘do-gooders’? – ed.] to anonymously grass-up suspected crims (or possibly neighbors they don’t like?), has launched a Scratch ‘n’ Sniff card to help would-be drug enforcers recognize the tell-tale smell of a cannabis farm.
So, you smoke cannabis. Welcome to the club. This of course is a non-exclusive club, and consists of over 15 million Americans who have consumed in the past month, and roughly 100 million who have smoked at least once in their lives.
In a huge victory for patients, the New Hampshire House overwhelmingly approved the medical marijuana bill today by a record 286-64 margin. Similar bills in 2009, 2011, and 2012 also received more than two-thirds support from the House, but today’s vote of more than 81% in favor of HB 573 shows that the House is moving closer to achieving consensus on the issue!
Marijuana is much stronger than it used to be. Lots of the strains for sale at medical marijuana dispensaries in the USA are approaching 25 percent THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound in the plant known for getting you wicked high.
Researchers at UNSW are currently sampling pot from NSW as well as soil samples from crops, to line up THC / CBD ratios to plant genetics and soil type / fertiliser used. They’ve found the trend towards higher THC / lower CBD in Aussie pot.
Assemblyman Steve Katz, a 59-year-old Republican who voted no last year on a bill to legalize medical marijuana, had been traveling 80 mph on I-87 through Coeymans, N.Y., where the speed limit is 65 mph, state police said. During the speeding stop, police said a trooper noted the odor of marijuana and found Mr. Katz in possession of a small bag.
The head of Indonesia’s hardline Islamic police group has been accused of being high on marijuana when he crashed his car.
Last fall, Uruguayan President Jose Mujica proposed legalizing marijuana commerce and cultivation (marijuana possession has never been a crime there), but shortly thereafter postponed action on the proposed legislation in the face of public opposition. Now he’s ready for the country to have a discussion about it.