Source: ABC News
Teenagers could be issued with an infringement notice for possessing and using cannabis under proposed changes to the state's drug laws.
The recommended changes emerged from a review of Western Australia's Cannabis Infringement Notice system in which offenders are issued with an infringement rather than prosecuted for minor cannabis offences.
Source: Goldcoast.com.au (News.com.au)
THREE men have been charged with drug and other offences after a raid on a Duranbah property on the NSW north coast netted cannabis worth up to $1.3 million.
Officers swooped on the property at Brimsmead Lane, Duranbah, close to the Queensland border, at 10am (AEDT) yesterday and allegedly found the men in a large shed with 335 cannabis plants grown hydroponically.
Source: The Washington Post
Author: Carolyn Colwell
A non-toxic, non-psychoactive compound in marijuana may block the progress of metastatic breast cancer, according to a new study by researchers in California.
"This is a new way to treat a patient that is not toxic like chemotherapy or radiotherapy. It is a new approach for metastatic cancer," said lead researcher Sean D. McAllister, an associate scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute in San Francisco. The compound found in cannabis, called cannabidiol (CBD), inhibits a gene, Id-1, that researchers believe is responsible for the metastatic process that spreads cells from the original tumor throughout the body.
Source: The Appalachian
Author: Brandon Brown
“Make the most of the Indian hemp seed". No, that’s not a quote from a half-baked hippie at Mellow Mushroom. That’s George Washington speaking. There is a foolish misconception rampant in today’s society that hemp and marijuana are synonymous terms.
While marijuana, like industrial hemp, is indeed a byproduct of the cannabis sativa plant, the latter is a nearly tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-free, soil-enriching, multi-faceted resource – which the United States doesn’t grow. It didn’t always used to be that way.
Source: The New Zealand Herald
Author: Simon Collins
More New Zealanders are drinking alcohol, popping party pills and smoking tobacco. But the same Massey University survey that has found increases in these legal drugs has also found the first significant drop in illegal cannabis use for many years and a slight reduction in use of methamphetamine, or "P".
The survey confirms other evidence that P use appears to have peaked in 2001, when 5 per cent of 15- to 45-year-olds said they had used it in the previous year. The rate dropped to 4 per cent in 2003 and 3.4 per cent in the latest survey.
Source: The Sunday Mail
TWO South Australian men have been arrested after allegedly smuggling cannabis worth about $500,000 into the Northern Territory. The men allegedly hid 10.5kg of the drug in custom-built panels in the tray of a white Holden utility.
The men, 47 and 49, and a Darwin man, 51, were arrested after police raided a caravan park at Berrimah, about 13km east of Darwin on October 26.
Source: In The News.co.uk
The negative impacts of cannabis will not be reduced by debating the legal status of the drug, researchers from Australian universities have warned.
Louise Degenhardt and Wayne Hall of the Universities of New South Wales and Queensland claim in today's edition of the Lancet journal that use of the drug is not significantly affected by its criminal status. They point to already published research in Australia which shows similar trends in use of the drug across states with very different enforcement policies.
Source: The Courier Mail
Author: Tristan Swanwick
POLICE raids in Queensland and South Australia have allegedly smashed an organised crime network importing huge amounts of cannabis into the state.
Suspects were targeted yesterday morning and earlier this week as part of a joint crime operation involving the Crime and Misconduct Commission, South Australia Police and the Queensland Police Service. The CMC said search warrants were executed on three properties near Ipswich, Redcliffe and Taigum, on Brisbane's northside, on Wednesday, while in South Australia at least 16 properties were raided.