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Medicinal cannabis access a challenge for WA patients despite legalisation last year

West Australian patients are finding it almost impossible to obtain medicinal cannabis more than eight months after it was legalised, advocates say.

A Big Country: Growing cannabis for food and fibre

In a secret location on Queensland's Sunshine Coast hinterland Ecofibre Industries is developing cannabis or hemp varieties that are suitable for the local climate. They plan to grow the crop as a source of fibre and potentially even food.

Users of medicinal cannabis would be banned from driving while on drug in SA

Users of medicinal cannabis will not be allowed to drive with the drug in their system, even if it is made legal in South Australia, Police Minister Peter Malinauskas has confirmed.

Millionaire businessman Barry Lambert will meet with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian

Australian businessman Barry Lambert is stepping up his push for reforms to laws around access to medicinal hemp. The millionaire and medicinal cannabis campaigner's own son, Michael Lambert was found guilty earlier this month over growing cannabis to treat his daughter's epilepsy.

Medical cannabis workshop: 'incredibly cumbersome' to get drugs to patients

Australia’s first doctors’ workshop on the medical uses of cannabis has heard about the complex situation around its legality. The Melbourne conference was held with the hope of improving the medical profession’s awareness about the issue.

Medical cannabis industry gets peak body

A new industry body has been formed to position Australia as a leader in the production of medical cannabis. The Medical Cannabis Council, launching in Melbourne on Thursday, will be the unifying voice for the industry to engage with governments on all matters concerning medical cannabis.

Mum furious at difficulty of buying medicinal marijuana in Perth Mum furious at difficulty of buying

A Perth mum says she has to travel to the US to buy medicinal marijuana despite the drug being legalised in WA.Ava Neville, 12, used to have about eight seizures a day before medical marijuana.

Doctors on a downer over medicinal cannabis imports

Australian Medical Association (AMA) President Dr Michael Gannon has criticised Tuesday’s senate vote, which makes it easier for terminally ill patients to buy unregistered medicinal cannabis from overseas, saying he fears the drug could end up in the wrong hands but cannabis experts have called his

Michael Lambert found guilty for growing cannabis for daughter with severe epilepsy

The father of a young girl who uses medicinal cannabis to treat her severe form of epilepsy has vowed to continue lobbying for law reform, after being found guilty of charges of possession and cultivation.

Medical cannabis martyr guilty but escapes conviction

A MEDICINAL cannabis “martyr” whose daughter suffers from a rare and “catastrophic” form of epilepsy has been found guilty of possessing and cultivating a prohibited plant.