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What if cannabis was legal? – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 10th, 2017.

With Green MP Julie Anne Genter’s medicinal cannabis bill due to be debated in Parliament, the issue of legalisation is a hot topic this election year. Stuff.co.nz tackled the subject with a week-long series: What if it was legal? Fairfax reporters talked to a range of experts, from economics, political and medical backgrounds to discuss what the […]

Faster medicinal cannabis access in Australia – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on February 22nd, 2017.

The Australian Federal Government has made changes to speed up access to medicinal marijuana, which patients will be required to request through their GP. Health Minister Greg Hunt announced the change today, which he said would facilitate faster access to medicinal cannabis for patients with the necessary approvals. Imports by approved providers will be authorised for […]

UPDATED: Change to approval for medicinal cannabis – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on February 8th, 2017.

UPDATED with new comments. Patients seeking medicinal cannabis will no longer need the approval of a minister, but instead will go to the Ministry of Health. Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne announced the change this morning, saying he was confident the ministry could take over now that firmer guidelines are in place for making decisions on […]

No more minister approval for medicinal cannabis – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on February 8th, 2017.

Patients seeking medicinal cannabis for pain relief will no longer need the approval of a minister, but instead will go to the Ministry of Health. The announcement was made this morning by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne following a heavy hint yesterday by Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman that a relaxation of the protocol was imminent. The […]

Victoria set to legalise medical marijuana – Expert Reaction

John Kerr posted in on October 8th, 2015.

In an Australian first, the Victorian Government announced yesterday it would legalise marijuana for the treatment of medical conditions including cancer, chronic pain and epilepsy. The decision is based upon a report by the Victorian Law Reform Commission which recommended licensing cultivators and manufacturers to develop a range of products, including oils and sprays, to […]

Pot-smoking teens less likely to finish high school

Laura Goodall posted in on September 11th, 2014.

Frequent teenage cannabis use is linked with less educational achievement and other problems later in life, according to New Zealand and Australian research. Individuals who are daily users of cannabis before age 17 are less likely to complete high school or obtain a degree compared with those who have never used the drug, new research published […]

Teen cannabis use and poor life outcomes – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on September 10th, 2014.

Frequent teenage cannabis use is linked with less educational achievement and other problems later in life, according to new New Zealand and Australian research. Individuals who are daily users of cannabis before age 17 are less likely to complete high school or obtain a degree compared with those who have never used the drug, new […]

Cannabis use doubles chances of vehicle crash

John Kerr posted in on February 10th, 2012.

New research has found that drivers who consume cannabis within three hours of driving are nearly twice as likely to cause a vehicle collision as those who are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In a new study published in today in the journal BMJ, Canadian researchers reviewed nine studies with a total […]

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