Who said that Australia isn’t still in the 1950’s!
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A medicinal cannabis patient has had a book he ordered about the plant seized by Australian Border Force (ABF) in a move he described as “weird’ and “overzealous”.
John Reeves, who runs the Medical Cannabis Users Association of Tasmania, ordered The Cannabis Encyclopedia online. First published in 2015, the book is available via a number of Australian internet retailers.
However, instead of taking delivery of what is described on Amazon as “the definitive guide to medical marijuana cultivation and consumption”, he was served a notice by the ABF informing him it had been seized in Victoria as it was classified as ‘objectionable goods’ under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956.
Reeves told the Mercury: “It’s a bit weird. It’s just an overzealous interpretation [of the regulations].”
He pointed out the book is freely available on the internet, adding “we’re not talking about hijacking planes or anything”.
The award winning Cannabis Encyclopedia is the definitive guide to medical marijuana cultivation and consumption. It explains all the essential techniques to grow indoors, outdoors and in greenhouses. All gardening practices are well-researched and illustrated with easy step-by-step examples and instructions.
More than 2,000 beautiful color images illustrate this 596-page book. The large 8.5 x 11-inch format, three-column pages are easy to read and packed with up-to-date information that make this book essential for all cannabis gardeners and patients.
Chapters on medical cannabis history, cannabinoid measurement and medical varieties provide a firm background for medical patients and caregivers. The Medicinal Concentrates and Cooking with Medicinal Cannabis chapters feature many different methods to concentrate and consume cannabis.
Each stage of plant growth is detailed and graphically explained seed, seedling, vegetative growth, clones and mother plants and flowering. Harvest, drying and curing information aims to preserve cannabinoids. Garden room design, construction and maintenance, greenhouse construction and care, outdoor gardens from backyards and patios to large remote fields are all explained in full detail and many step-by-step examples.
Four case studies feature two indoor gardens, one with LED and HP sodium lamps, Jorge´s backyard garden and a big garden in Humboldt County, CA. Each aspect of cannabis cultivation is examined in detail with a focus on organic practices preserving the sanctuary, meters, air, light, lamps and electricity, soil, containers, water, nutrients, additives, container culture and hydroponics, diseases and pests and breeding.
The comprehensive Nutrient chapter has individual drawings of 14 cannabis plants showing nutrient excess and deficiencies. The Breeding chapter explains methods, plant crosses, back crosses, true breeds, hybrids, etc. and provides step-by-step illustrated instructions on starting your own home breeding program. Learn exactly how to increase yields, increase cannabinoid potency, and make eco-friendly decisions from the expert, Jorge Cervantes. His advice is basic, detailed and reliable.
Under the rules, it is prohibited to import publications that “promote or incite the misuse of a drug” without the permission of the classification board.
Reeves is planning to ask the ABF to review the decision. His lawyer, Fabiano Cangelosi, said there was “absolutely no basis for the seizure of this book from a man who is permitted legally to use cannabis”.
A spokesman for the ABF declined to comment.