AUSTRALIA

Title:  Australian Cannabusiness News Roundup

Author: Hemp Gazette

Date: 27 November 2017

URL: https://www.hempgazette.com/news/australia-cannabusiness-news-hg0465/

Extract: Much has been happening in relation to Australia’s nascent medical cannabis industry over the past week – here’s a roundup of some of the developments.

 

SOUTH AFRICA

Title: Medical marijuana bill rejected, but…

Author: Sunday Independent

Date: 26 November 2017

URL: https://www.iol.co.za/sundayindependent/analysis/medical-marijuana-bill-rejected-but-12157890

Extract: 

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Health rejected the bill on Wednesday.

The bill was rejected as the Medicines and Related Substances Act already provides a legal framework for the use of cannabis for medicinal and research purposes.

The introduction of the private member’s bill shed light on the plight of many cancer sufferers and terminally ill patients seeking alternative medication.

A statement from an MP during the committee deliberations on the bill emphasised the objective of the parliamentary process is to preserve life and ensure that terminally ill patients do not have to struggle to obtain pain-relieving medication.

The committee received several briefings from the public, including the Medicines Control Council (MCC) of the Department of Health; the Central Drug Authority, clinician experts and medical researchers.

As the Medicine Act already made provision for use of cannabis for medical purposes, the committee looked at what could be done to make cannabis for medical use more accessible to terminally ill patients.

 

UK

Title:  Why cannabis oil is better than prescription painkillers

Author: Metro (UK)

Date: 27 November 2017

URL: http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/27/why-cannabis-oil-should-be-available-on-the-nhs-7105262/

Extract: A recent study suggested that there were 250,000 users in the UK alone. It has become particularly popular among sportsmen because of the effect it has on recovery.

 

Title:  British CBD Use Doubles In Just One Year

Author: CBD Testers.co

Date: 26 November 2017

URL: https://www.cbdtesters.co/2017/11/26/british-cbd-use-doubles-just-one-year/?mc_cid=a3a9884007&mc_eid=178dec0b63

Extract:  In shocking new statistics published recently in the press, CBD in the UK has doubled in the past year, with more and more people shunning their doctor’s prescriptions, in favor of the natural and holistic benefits of this cannabis compound…

The statistics, which come from the Cannabis Trades Association UK, confirm that in 2016 there were approximately 125,000 CBD users in Great Britain, with the number closer to 250,000 in 2017. That means an average of 1000 new CBD users a month, and that’s an unprecedented number.