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Farming cannabinoids for medicine is a pipe dream based on prohibition prices.

Supply of Cannabis for medical use and research could be cultivated within a very small area of Australia. The true value of the Cannabis plant is the seed because of the protein and fat content. Low THC Cannabis is already cultivated under licence in most states of Australia. Farmers will see Cannabis as a viable crop when the seed becomes legal as food for humans and stock.

The HEMP Embassy Headlines are a selection of recent articles from news services and media sources primarily concerning Cannabis issues, the consequences of prohibition and the challenges for law reform. Here are the selected headlines for this week.

Police won’t charge Canberra medical marijuana campaigner Mark Heinrich over providing cannabis oil to young girl [SMH]

Mr Heinrich said police told him last week he would not be charged over the raid, and items used for making cannabis oil tinctures that were seized from his home would be returned. “I wasn’t sure what they were going to do all this time,” Mr Heinrich said. “I was hopeful there would be an enlightened and compassionate approach, which is clearly what they’ve decided to do. I am delighted with the Australian Federal Police over all of this, to be honest.

Doing It For Dan [ABC]

Lucy Haslam is a woman in a hurry. Since losing her son Daniel in February this year to cancer, the Tamworth resident has stepped up her campaign to legalise medicinal cannabis. Widely credited as the driving force behind a raft of state and federal initiatives aimed at legalising the drug, Lucy Haslam is concerned by delays in the political process and is striking out on her own.

Court clogged with cannabis consumers [NStar]

Magistrate David Heilpern said people coming before the court on drug driving charges may not have smoked cannabis, but may have been a victim of passive smoking. “I have actually had a case recently about someone who did not consume cannabis but was in close proximity to people who did consume cannabis,” he said.

Legalised medical marijuana opposed by only 7% of Australians, poll shows [Guardian]

Most – 91% – said it should be made legal, while 2% were unsure. The strongest support for legalisation came from the 50-plus age group, with 94% of respondents in favour. The age group least likely to support it were 14-to-24 year-olds, but even so, 85% of that group said it should be legalised for medicinal use.

Tony Bower says medicinal cannabis can change lives [PortNews]

“No one has ever been recorded as dying from cannabis use. I think we will start seeing some movement this year and at the end of the day the whole idea is simply to help people.” Mr Bower looks after 130 families with a range of different conditions. One of those families treated by Mullaways is the Whitelaws in Brisbane.

Bush’s budding support for medicinal cannabis [The Land]

NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair joined the Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley and NSW Minister for Medical Research Pru Goward in Sydney for the announcement, which was hailed as the missing link to cement Australia’s place as a world leader in the medical cannabis field.

Major Think Tank Explains How the US Federal Government Undermines Cannabis Research and How to Fix It [safeaccessnow]

“The current Schedule I designation of cannabis (S9 in Aus), in conjunction with the numerous additional, and unique institutional rules regulating the substance, creates a circular policy trap that hinders scientific research. Research on the medical value of cannabis is limited by the Schedule I designation of cannabis, which asserts that the substance has no medicinal value. However, the scientific community is unsure whether marijuana has medicinal value because of a lack of research.”

The Dark Grey Market: Canadian Cannabis [VICE]

Cannabis in Canada is still widely illegal. With a new government entering parliament in 2016, the odds of legalization, further criminalization or decriminalization of marijuana coming to fruition are still to be determined. But despite that, black market growers and grey market marijuana dispensaries are more prevalent than ever.

Oregon Approves Home Delivery of Marijuana [golocalprov]

Home delivery of marijuana will be permitted under the new rules. Retailers can only deliver in the city in which they are licensed to operate, and can only transport $100 worth of marijuana at any one time.

As Pot Prohibition Crumbles, Marijuana Consumers Are Less Likely To Abuse It [Forbes]

It’s plausible that people prone to excess are less likely to be deterred by prohibition than people of more moderate habits. If so, problem users may represent a smaller share of cannabis consumers after legalization than they did before, which means marijuana’s benefit-to-cost ratio would improve.

Could Iran be the next country to legalise cannabis and opium? [New Republic]

Iran has a conspicuous drug addiction problem—which officially accounts for more than 2m addicts (though unofficial figures put this as high as 5-6m). Drug traffickers risk harsh punishments that include the death penalty. Yet Iran also has very progressive policies towards drug addiction, which include distribution of clean needles to injecting drug users, methadone substitution programmes (also in prisons) and a vast system of addiction treatment.

Mexico’s Supreme Court could effectively make marijuana legal for recreational users [GlobalPost]

The push to legalize marijuana in Mexico has gathered steam in recent months after the federal government, which opposes legalization, agreed to allow an 8-year-old girl suffering from a debilitating form of epilepsy to use a marijuana-based medicine to treat her condition. It was the first time a Mexican citizen has been allowed to use medical marijuana, and it came about after a federal judge ruled the girl’s parents could import the drug.

Netherlands and Israel, a Marriage of Cannabis [Times-Israel]

Our trip began with a walking tour of the tourist Coffeeshops, where legal recreational cannabis is sold ‘legally’. During the week we met with Bedrocan, the only licensed medical cannabis grower in the country. We also met with a number of great companies involved in seed breeding, ecommerce, culture and clinical trials / research.

The DEA: Four Decades of Impeding and Rejecting Science [Huff]

The US federal government maintains a monopoly on the production of only one drug: marijuana. Researchers who want to conduct clinical trials of its therapeutic value are typically frustrated by bureaucratic obstacles. In 2007, a DEA Administrative Law Judge ruled that this decades-long monopoly was harmful to the public interest and should end — but the head of the DEA, Michele Leonhart, rejected the ruling.

Towards a people-centered approach to the world drug problem [UNAIDS]

“Criminalization of possession and use of drugs causes significant obstacles to the right to health,” said Mr Ra’ad Al-Hussein. “Drug users may justifiably fear that they would be arrested or imprisoned if they seek health care. They may even be discouraged about seeking information about safe practices for drug use.”

Towards a Harm Reduction Decade The Kuala Lumpur Declaration

We, the undersigned, call on governments and international organisations to:

  • Endorse and adopt harm reduction as a key principle of drug policy throughout the next decade of the global response to drug use.
  • Redirect just a small portion of funding from ineffective punitive drug control activities into health, human rights and harm reduction responses, and deliver a global target of a 10% shift in such funding by 2020 at the upcoming UNGASS.
  • End the criminalisation of people who use drugs and the punitive legal frameworks that fuel HIV transmission, overdose, mass incarceration and human rights violations. Video https://youtu.be/QPyiY8BL6Fs

The Whole Plant Cannabis Advantage [Constance]

The dominant stance of the medical research community and pharmaceutical industry has been that whole plant extracts are “crude” and less effective than isolated and purified cannabinoids. However, a growing body of research is proving just the opposite.


Cannabinoids bond with the endocannabinoid system, primarily in the brain. This causes the sensation of being “high”. Terpenes have a similar reaction. They bond to these receptors, not only enhancing or altering the effects of the cannabinoids, but imparting their own synergistic effects, allowing for many of the healing qualities associated with cannabis.

Endocannabinoid System (ECS) – An Overview [HempEd]

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) literally means ‘the cannabinoid system inside the body’ and is common to all vertebrates. This system consists of a series of receptors that are configured only to accept cannabinoids.

HEMP on facebook [Plenty More]

Most of the stories in the Headlines are also on the HEMP Party facebook page. There are also many more news articles and plenty of information posted as it appears online.


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