We Support Medical Cannabis Research Australia
Aug02

We Support Medical Cannabis Research Australia

Medical Cannabis Reviews & The Hemp Happy network supports the Research, Political Canvassing, Seminars, Activities and the ongoing Education from the “Non -For-Profit”

Medical Cannabis Research

Australia

In February 2016 legislation (Narcotics Amendment Bill 2016) to legalise medical cannabis in Australia passed through federal Australian parliament in record time. It was supported by all sides of politics. This means as at 1 November 2016 Australian patients with certain serious medical conditions and under strict controls will be able to access these products through medical professionals.

Cannabis has been used as a medicine since ancient times. In modern history it was used extensively in pharmacy formulations in the early 19th century.

Cannabis used as a medicine has made a resurgence in recent years and is now legal in a number of parts of the world. Whilst anecdotal cases are plentiful scientific studies are still being undertaken to determine the effectiveness in certain disease states. The main ones we are studying below:

Multiple Sclerosis

Epilepsy

Nausea in Cancer Chemotherapy and AIDS patients

Pain Relief in Terminal Cancer patients

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder patients

Medical Cannabis Research Australia was established in December 2016 by Paul and Sharlene Mavor and Tony Hume.

Paul Mavor is a pharmacist and has practiced for over 26 years in WA and owned a number of pharmacies. He has an interest in the pharmacokinetics of different cannabis dosage forms.

Sharlene Mavor is a medical scientist with majors in Microbiology, Virology and Biotechnology. She has worked in a number of laboratories both in Western Australia and in the UK. Sharlene has a particular interest in different cannabis strains, potency and purity testing and extraction methods.

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Tony Hume is an experienced fund raiser and has a diverse background in education, health and philanthropy. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Director’s course and is accredited as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) world-wide. Tony also is an Independent Director for the Yinhawangka people in the Eastern Pilbara region. He is passionate about positive community impact and making connections in the community to maximise peoples’ opportunities.

Medical Cannabis Research Australia is committed to improve the lives of Australian persons and families by reducing the suffering, prevalence and impact of a variety of diseases through the use of medical cannabis. This will be achieved with a focus on clinical trials and ethical supply of medical cannabis. Research will be conducted to support and promote public awareness for the use of medical cannabis including education for clinical practitioners with new treatment options, both locally and globally for their patients. We aim to educate and advise health professionals, patients, their families and carers in the use of medical cannabis through media, education and fund raising campaigns and further cooperate with government and likeminded organisations in order to advance the research, treatments, equity and quality of life which can be assisted with the use of medical cannabis.

News:

Clinical Studies are underway in several states of Australia

These are largely government sponsored

NSW – terminal cancer – vaporised THC vs THC+CBD

-paediatric epilepsy – cannabidivarin, CBD

-Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting – THC + CBD
QLD – cannabis oil in paediatric epilepsy

ACT – cannabis for melanoma

Vic – paediatric epilepsy – synthetic cannabidiol

Activities include:

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Marijuana Passes Full Legalization In Washington
Oct12

Marijuana Passes Full Legalization In Washington

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These are very special times that we live in today!!!

Yup-it’s true!

Unless the US federal government steps in, Colorado will soon have a regulated industry for recreational marijuana.

Like Colorado, Washington state also passed a voter’s initiative to legalize marijuana with 55 percent of the vote. Now both states are looking to each other to try to implement the will of the voters.

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If you’ve taken a recent trip to Seattle, its easy to spot people openly smoking marijuana near tourist destinations like the Space Needle. Much like Colorado, police have pretty much stopped busting those with less than ounce.

A local named Aaron told us in and interview, “Officially people aren’t supposed to smoke marijuana in public.” But he said, “It doesn’t stop anyone that much right now.”

In Seattle, visiting the world-famous farmers’ market called the Northwest Cannabis Market will show you a vast market filled with vendors selling medical marijuana and even a marijuana smoking room, similar to a wine tasting room at a winery.

“Colorado is a huge inspiration for us. We truly learn everything there,” Cannabis Market owner George Patterson said.

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In Washington, medical marijuana isn’t as big or well-regulated as medical marijuana is in Colorado, but this small victory is a pivotal moment for cannabis enthusiasts everywhere. Large signs for brand new dispensariesare are now hard to miss in some Colorado neighborhoods. Many dispensaries in Washington don’t even have signs yet, and are run by word-of-mouth. Now more than ever is the time to get on-board the Green Revolution. Enjoy growing plants, and helping out your local community by selling legal buds and smoking them as much as you like and wherever you like once you are growing unlimited supplies of killer herb. Check out my affordable growing tutorials located in my Complete Marijuana Grow Guide.

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While Colorado has designated money for legalized pot for education purposes, Washington expects billions primarily for health care.

Washington’s marijuana revenue will also go to education, research and substance abuse prevention. The intent of the new law is designed to take marijuana out of the hands of illegal drug cartels and bring it under a tightly regulated, taxed system like alcohol.

Washington has even already set a limit for driving under ‘cannabis intoxication.’ According to recent laws, a driver’s blood should not have more than a THC concentration of 5.00 nanograms per milliliter. Colorado is still wrestling with the issue. That’s quite a stir in Frankie’s Sports Bar in Olympia where people can go buy a beer and openly smoke marijuana. Frankie Schnarr owns what could be the first of many marijuana bars in Washington.

“I don’t mind a guy coming up here, toking a pipe or cigarette. But I don’t want a big bong over there and 15 guys getting stoned,” Schnarr told us.

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With bars and markets already catering to the marijuana user, some people in Washington hope the state will position itself as a tourist destination for cannabis connoisseurs.

Until next time,

Stay Green, and continue your support for legalization, and thanks for all the help and supporting our mission to spread and promote cannabis awareness! We’re winning the legalization fight!!!!!!!

Peace brothers and sisters,

-Ryan

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Medicinal marijuana to be legalised in Victoria in Australian first
Feb14

Medicinal marijuana to be legalised in Victoria in Australian first

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Locally-grown medicinal cannabis will be legalised in Victoria, under a controversial State Government move to ease the suffering of people with serious medical conditions.

In an Australian first, the Andrews Government plans to embark on a state-based cannabis cultivation trial, based on the recommendations of a report by the Victorian Law Reform Commission.

But the move will need the support of the Federal Government, which is a signatory to an international convention on narcotic drugs.

The commission has recommended licensing cultivators and manufacturers to produce the drug under laws similar to those governing the state’s opium poppy industry.

Medicinal cannabis should be available in a variety of forms, including tinctures, oils, capsules, sprays and vaporisable liquids, but should not be smoked because of the health dangers, the commission said.

The drug would be prescribed by a specialist and sold at pharmacies under arrangements based on the methadone program, not a grow-your-own scheme.

Commission chairman Philip Cummins said the report was driven by compassion for people, including chronically ill children, who were suffering and had no effective medical relief.

We were struck by the compelling and moving stories of persons suffering serious illnesses or caring for those suffering such illnesses.

Dr Ian Freckelton QC

Children with severe epilepsy would be the first to be treated with Victorian-grown medicinal cannabis, from 2017.

Labor made an election pledge to legalise medicinal cannabis in a bid to help parents it said were being forced to choose between breaking the law and watching their children suffer.

Premier Daniel Andrews said it was one of the best days of his political career.

“There are about 450 or those beautiful little people and they’re going to get legally for the first time the medicine that they need to transform their lives, and indeed to save their lives,” he said.

“The time has come for us to stop finding reasons not to do this.

“There will be a cost involved, there’s no doubt about that. It’s not about dollars and cents really, this is about saving lives.”

‘Solid research’ justifies medicinal marijuana

The commission has made 42 recommendations, including that medicinal cannabis be available to treat five serious conditions, including multiple sclerosis, cancer, HIV or AIDS, epilepsy and chronic pain.

Dr Ian Freckelton QC, who led the review, said the proposed scheme was ground-breaking and innovative.

“We were struck by the compelling and moving stories of persons suffering serious illnesses or caring for those suffering such illnesses,” he said.

Marijuana conditions of use:

  • Severe muscle spasms or severe pain from MS
  • Severe pain from cancer, HIV or AIDS
  • Severe nausea, vomiting or wasting from cancer, HIV or AIDS
  • Severe seizures from epileptic conditions (if other treatments do not work)
  • Severe chronic pain where two specialist medical practitioners think medicinal cannabis might work better than other medical options

Source: Victorian Law Reform Commission

Dr Freckelton said a significant number of people were already using cannabis for medicinal purposes in Victoria.

“They are doing so illegally, that means there’s a fear on their part of being prosecuted and embarrassed,” he said.

“There is now a solid research base justifying this innovative step.”

The State Government will begin a cultivation trial at a research facility and establish an Office of Medicinal Cannabis within the Department of Health and Human Services to oversee the manufacturing, dispensing and clinical aspects of the framework.

The Victorian and Queensland state governments have already joined forces with New South Wales to take part in medicinal cannabis clinical trials.

But Dr Freckelton said it was not appropriate to wait years for the results and Therapeutic Goods Administration approval of pharmaceutical products.

“We were satisfied on the basis of those whom we met, many of whom had utilised medicinal cannabis to their advantage, and on the basis of research evidence, that it is an appropriate time for this modest step to be taken to alleviate suffering,” he said.

The commission said there would be a rigorous licensing scheme, to reduce the risk of organised criminals benefiting from medicinal cannabis production.

While the plan needs the support of the Federal Government, Commonwealth legislative change is not required, the commission said.

“The Commonwealth is the signatory to an important international convention in relation to narcotic drugs and so it is fundamental that Australia, including Victoria, comply with its international obligations in that regard,” Dr Freckelton said.

The Victorian Government has accepted 40 of the report’s recommendations and two in principle.

An independent medical advisory committee will examine whether to increase the number of eligible patients.

 

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