84.3% of cannabis samples submitted to a lab in California have tested positive for pesticide residues - a "cause for concern" says the laboratory. Of significant concern to Steep Hill - the testing laboratory - was the presence of a pesticide called Myclobutanil (actually a fungicide). Usually used on almonds and...
The scare mongering regarding teen marijuana use in the wake of half of U.S. states legalising access to medical cannabis appears to have been just that. Working with data from the U.S. National Survey of Drug Use and Health between 2004 and 2013, Columbia University researchers employed multilevel logistic regression...
A report estimating the cost of cultivating and manufacturing medicinal cannabis was recently released by Australia's Office of Drug Control. The report, prepared by Deloitte Access Economics, examined costs associated with three different grow scenarios: broadacre, greenhouse and indoors. In terms of cultivation to meet Australia's projected demand*, the  cost works...
Australia's Office Of Drug Control (ODC) has released the much-anticipated (and by some, feared and maligned) regulations relating to medical cannabis. The Regulation is part of the legal framework for the licensing of cultivation and production in Australia of cannabis, and the manufacture of marijuana-derived drugs. The document also details the...
Patients in New Zealand may now find it easier to access a cheaper alternative to one of only (now) three cannabis medicines permitted for use in the country. Up until the weekend, one of the only approved products was Sativex, which costs around NZD $1,100 per prescription. New Zealand Government’s has...
Australian Medical Association (AMA) Queensland wants to see more evidence and research into cannabis oil before it is made available to patients. According to an article published on the Queensland Times, AMA Queensland president Chris Zappala says there are risks associated with marijuana. "We know, for example, that the use of...
The UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has declared the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) a medicine. The announcement is a double-edged sword. " We have come to the opinion that products containing cannabidiol (CBD) used for medical purposes are a medicine," says the agency in an official public statement posted...
The Australian state of Queensland's Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2016 was unanimously passed by Parliament last night, paving the way for medicines to be potentially legally available from next year. “My Government has been moved by the stories of families with young children with epilepsy, suffering life-threatening seizures, and...
A petition of 17,000 signatures supporting medical cannabis has been delivered to New Zealand's parliament. The petition calls for law reforms to enable access to quality, affordable cannabis in New Zealand for medicinal use immediately. 17,000 is quite a significant number given the country's population is far less than 5 million. Leading...
It appears political leanings have the potential to affect how some doctors in the USA approach the issue of medical cannabis in terms of treating their patients. A recent study out of Yale University involving 300 doctors indicates Republicans and Democrats view the issue of marijuana (and several other hot-button...