Category: Cannabis

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Record Drug Busts at Music Festival – Is This How We Measure Success?


If ever there was a point in recent Australian history at which we could say the vast majority of people have had every opportunity to become well informed about the potential health dangers and personal consequences of taking illegal drugs, it would arguably be now. Over the past few years, there has been a proliferation …
Labor MLC Rose Jackson

A Voice for Progressive Reform: An Interview With Labor MLC Rose Jackson


During her June maiden speech in NSW parliament, newly-incumbent Labor MLC Rose Jackson reminded those gathered that this state was once a world leader in harm reduction, which was exemplified by the establishment of the Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Kings Cross. And she went on to underscore that it’s time for the state …
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Police Power More Present than Ever at Nimbin Mardi Grass Festival


The New Wales Police Force has been at the frontline of the state Government’s crackdown on music festivals this year, with substantial funds being allocated to ensure the events are heavily policed. The Nimbin Mardi Grass was no exception. The small town on the far northern coast of the state hosts the festival every year. …
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Cannabis Legalisation Is Creeping Closer for Canberra


The ACT Legislative Assembly health committee last week tabled its report on the legislation that would see the personal possession and use of cannabis legalised in the capital territory. And with a great sigh of relief, the review recommended the bill be supported subject to some amendments. The Personal Cannabis Use Bill was introduced into …
NZ Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick

The NZ Cannabis Legalisation Referendum: An Interview With NZ Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick


New Zealand justice minister Andrew Little announced on 7 May that all three political parties that from the minority coalition government have agreed to the foundational elements of a legal and regulated cannabis market that the nation is set to vote on at next year’s national election. The minister confirmed that the referendum outcome will …
Australian Greens’ Matthew Thompson

A Right Now Politician: An Interview With the Australian Greens’ Matthew Thompson


In many ways, this coming federal election is an anomaly in its disconnect. According to the ABC’s Vote Compass, the number one issue that concerns Australian voters is the environment, which for the most part means climate change at present. However, the fractured government is made up of politicians that are completely deaf to the …
John Jiggens

Why the Greatest Medicinal Plant is Outlawed: An Interview With HEMP’s Dr John Jiggens


As Australian historian Dr John Jiggens puts it, cannabis is the “greatest herbal medicinal plant on the planet”. It can be used to treat more conditions than any other medicine. There’s no risk of overdose. And early last century, it was one of the most widely used medicines in the country. In 1925, the League …
Hemp Embassy

Police Raid on Nimbin Hemp Embassy: Little More Than a Show of Strength


Stores in California will open at 2am AEST tomorrow morning. And some of the shoppers living in the fifth largest economy in the world will buy legal cannabis to smoke. Meanwhile, there will be other Californians at home, tending to the six cannabis plants they’re permitted to grow. While on 3 May, in Canberra, politicians …
Dr Andrew Katelaris and Michael Balderstone

End Prohibition. Vote HEMP: An Interview With Dr Andrew Katelaris and Michael Balderstone


As Australian historian Dr John Jiggens recalled in 2010, an article appeared in a major Australian newspaper in 1938, warning about a “Mexican drug” that causes madness. And this report introduced the term “marijuana” to the Australian public. “Under the influence of the newer drug, the addict becomes at times almost an uncontrollable sex-maniac,” the …
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Woman Are Less Likely to Support Cannabis Legalisation Than Men


Community attitudes towards the legalisation of cannabis have shifted in recent years, with more and more people calling for marijuana to be legalised in Australia. However, research by North Carolina State University has suggested that women are less likely than men to support cannabis legalisation because they tend to be more religious and conservative, and …