Alcohol companies are part owners of cannabis production overseas already, and they have the resources to influence policy development.
The draft New Zealand cannabis law proposes a ban on advertising, but includes no reference to marketing via social media, where most alcohol marketing now takes place.
Endometriosis is a chronic condition that causes pain, infertility and gastrointestinal symptoms.
For some women with endometriosis, surgery and medication just aren't cutting it to alleviate their pain and other symptoms. One in ten turn to cannabis.
Evidence suggests that Muslim men in France have been disproportionately arrested and jailed for cannabis-related crimes since the drug became illegal in 1970.
Muslims make up 9% of France's population and half of all its prisoners – many convicted on drug charges. But social justice isn't part of the country's growing debate on legalization.
The New Zealand government is introducing a scheme for regulating medicinal cannabis.
There is no doubt a regulated market for access to medicinal cannabis is safer, but if cannabis-based products were allowed to bypass efficacy trials, there's a potential cost to patient safety.
The law on medicinal cannabis in the UK changed. Not that you'd notice.
While the law is slowly coming along, those who need medicinal cannabis are mostly still unable to obtain it.
So far, only a few patients have been able to obtain lawful medicinal cannabis, and only after a long and difficult struggle.
This was the year of the health review, the NDIS, and Zika virus.
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Health spent a lot of time in the spotlight in 2016. Medicare was a major issue in Australia’s federal election and numerous government reviews into health were announced and reported.
Lucy Haslam and Alex Wodak helped convince the public and politicians that the time for legalised medicinal cannabis had come.
In 2016 three Australian states and the Commonwealth passed laws to legalise the growing of medicinal cannabis. It was an extraordinary result for a campaign that struggled for decades to gain traction.
Despite dozens of trials internationally, the evidence on medical cannabis is unconvincing.
NSW is about to embark on the largest and most definitive clinical trial ever of medicinal cannabis for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
There is incredible variation between strains of cannabis plant.
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The Australian government will now accept licence applications for groups wanting to grow cannabis for scientific and medical purposes. But there's still a lot we don't know about this complex plant.
Drug testing has not been found to reduce road crashes.
With legislation for medicinal cannabis having been passed by the federal parliament, what do we do now about drug-driving laws?
The health minister has put forward legislation for the growing of marijuana, but what’s next to actually get it to patients?
This week minister for health Sussan Ley tabled amendments to our drugs act to allow the growth of cannabis for medicinal or scientific purposes.
Heavy cannabis use is consistently associated with poorer attention and memory, and increased rates of metal health problems.
The legislative changes poised to increase the availability of cannabis are outpacing our understanding of the impact that the drug has on the brain.
The three states will collaborate on the development of medicinal cannabis, its regulatory framework and clinical research.
Queenslanders and Victorians with particular chronic illnesses will be eligible to join New South Wales medicinal cannabis trials, due to start mid next year.
Legalised programs may be underused if doctors do not support them.
A bill to permit medical cannabis use in Australia is set for debate in Senate. If medical cannabis use is legalised, doctors could become gatekeepers between patients and a controversial drug. Lessons…
Somewhere in this much-incinerated plant lies valuable medicine: perhaps a treatment for cancer or an antidote to obesity.
Medicinal cannabis is back in the news again after a planned trial to grow it in Norfolk Island was blocked by the federal government last week. The media is ablaze with political rumblings and tales of…