South Australia set to take ‘crazy’ step back with punitive cannabis laws

The South Australian government has been accused of ignoring the evidence as it seeks to introduce harsher penalties for cannabis possession, with a quadrupling of fines and prison sentences to be implemented. SA’s attorney general, Vickie Chapman, has used a 2012 murder in which a 17-year-old from Adelaide affected by alcohol, ecstasy and cannabis shot and killed a teenager as justification of the need to introduce tougher cannabis penalties. Chapman said the crime had prompted “everyone to sit up and reappraise the significance of cannabis and the dangers of using…

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Only Five Patients Apply For Medicinal Cannabis Licence Due To Extortionate Fee

A new government panel set up to give patients a licence for medicinal cannabis has received almost no applications after the Home Office imposed a fee of £3,655 per patient, according to The Times. The paper said that  fewer than five applications have been received. Patients have condemned the panel as a “farce” and a “gesture” aimed at placating the public and media. Applicants for a licence, who must be clinicians on the General Medical Council’s specialist register, fill in an 11-page form detailing every drug prescribed to the patient…

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Update: Sophia Gibson granted life-changing cannabis licence

Sophia Gibson, the seven-year-old girl from Northern Ireland who has been in intensive care after a life-threatening epileptic seizure, has been granted a long-term licence for the use of medicinal cannabis. Sophia, from Newtownards, Co Down, has a genetic condition called Dravet syndrome, which causes what her family describe as “frequent and dangerous fits”. Her mother, Danielle, said cannabis oil relieved the symptoms of Sophia’s condition and could drastically reduce the number and intensity of seizures. The licence is for the use of Bedrocan whole plant medical cannabis oils, to…

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Epilepsy: Sophia Gibson Hospitalised By Cannabis Licence Hold Up

Sophia Gibson, a seven-year-old girl who has been waiting to hear from the Home Office if she can be treated with medicinal cannabis oil, has been admitted to intensive care. Sophia, from Newtownards, County Down, suffers from Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. Her parents Danielle and Darren, who have previously taken her to get treatment in the Netherlands, have spent the past 18 months applying for a licence to use the oil, but they believe that the new “expert panel” set up by the Home Office to oversee applications…

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Durham Police Chief Calls For Legalisation of Cannabis in UK

Mike Barton, chief constable of Durham police force, has backed William Hague’s call to legalise cannabis and backed the right to grow, saying that people growing a couple of plants for personal use would not be subject to raids in his jurisdiction. Barton said his experience of trying to enforce prohibition had led him to conclude it was damaging public safety, not protecting it. “Yes, it should be legal. That’s what I think based on my experience,” he said. “When I joined the police in Blackpool 38 years ago there…

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