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Referred to, often in hushed tones, as 'Australia's Sweetheart' or this country's 'favourite daughter' Olivia Newton John has, over the last fortnight or so, proved herself a major and powerful if somewhat unlikely champion for medicinal cannabis at a time when – god knows – it is needed. Only this week the California-based star, whose current struggle with cancer has made Read More
Around sixty healthcare professionals from across the country have placed themselves on a list of individuals aiming to found an Australian Chapter of the US-based Society of Cannabis Clinicians. According to its Wikipedia page the Society is a 'non-profit organisation dedicated to educating physicians about the medical use of cannabis. Its mission is ...
The below two articles are taken from the Medihuanna website, an initiative by NSW GP Dr Teresa Towpik aimed at encouraging fellow medics in the field of medicinal cannabis. Further blog posts by Dr Towpik will be reproduced by this website on a regular basis, including a ...
The latest post from Dr Teresa Towpik's Medihuanna website We read in the Australian papers, ‘it is now legal to prescribe medicinal cannabis in Australia’. Wow, is it really?  It all looks good on paper but reality is completely different. The TGA application process is difficult and complicated. You can either become an authorised prescriber or go to Category A or B Special Access Schemes. All ...
The war over medical weed has entered a new phase with lawyers now taking up cases on behalf of patients unable to obtain the drug due to this country's broken and unworkable system. On the off-chance it passed anyone by, Australia's experiment with cannabis is failing, and failing spectacularly. An insistence by the Federal Government nearly two years ago that the plant be forced into a pharmaceutical model of manufacture, approval and supply as applied to ...
Remember where you saw it first. There's one cartload of monkeys it seems you can't turn your back on for more than five minutes without them getting up to all kinds of disagreeable mischief. We refer to that fractious bunch over at ANZCA / FPM the peak body representing this country's pain specialists. Long-time loathers of cannabis and among the most powerful pressure groups lobbying against the ...
By design, or by accident, the legal introduction of medical cannabis to the Australian market ought to have been a very simple and straightforward process had any of the legislators undertaken their own investigations or excused themselves from any conflict of interest issues, arising through the legalisation of this substance. Confusion has proliferated with each attempt to make medical cannabis more accessible to patients who could benefit, but it is currently more out of reach than ...
Argentina, Greece, Mexico - countries are falling like skittles before an overwhelming, consumer-driven surge to legalise medical cannabis or end pot prohibition outright (for stories on those places see here,  here and here). ...
More doctors support or turn a blind eye to their patients use of medical cannabis than are opposed to it, a recent research project suggests. In a survey of over 150 GPs and other medical practitioners - believed the largest of its kind yet undertaken - over fifth (22%) said they were fully behind those in their care who told them they were using the drug for medical reasons. A further fifth (21%) indicated they were happy to turn ...
    You would need to have been on another planet if you missed last Tuesday's Senate vote (13th June) - the press and TV were over the thing like a rash. We're talking, it goes without saying, of the <...