MSM News 2019

17 May A woman who began cultivating her own cannabis to help medicate her chronic health condition has been forced to hand over her plants to police. Carly Barton, 32, was visited by officers last week who she said threatened her with arrest if she did comply with a request to give up the six plants growing in her house. Sussex Police had previously warned that it would “not ignore” Barton’s caseafter she met with the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.

16 May BBC The parents of a child with epilepsy say they are breaking the law because they can’t get cannabis oil to treat her condition in the UK. Anthony and Tannine have told the BBC’s Fergus Walsh they may no longer be able to make the journey to the Netherlands for the private prescription, and they fear for the future.

16 May BBC Scared her son could die from violent seizures, a mother began breaking the law in an attempt to protect him.After seeing severe epilepsy stop his breathing and leave him unresponsive, Sophie said any parent would “take the risk” and turn to cannabis oil.

16 May (The I) Alfie Dingley, who has severe epilepsy, was one of several high profile cases that helped bring about the legalisation of medicinal cannabis. After the boy became the first person in the country to be granted a licence for the drug last June – as a special case before the law change – his mother revealed how he was living seizure-free and learning to ride a bike. But now the eight-year-old has grown used to the strain of the treatment and has begun to have fits again. Hannah Deacon says her son needs a new strain to be able to cycle between two products to overcome his tolerance – but because of the UK’s strict rules importing it into the country could take months.

16 May (Money Week ) The prohibitionist era is over: countries are rapidly legalising cannabis for medical and recreational use. Ben Judge reviews the latest developments and explains how to profit from pot.

16 May Billy Caldwell’s mother, Charlotte, said she feared for the future after the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast declined to support a treatment her son has been taking during puberty. She felt sick at the unfair and cruel way her son had been treated, she said.

15 May Sky: A mother says her son with life-threatening epilepsy is “running out of time” after doctors refused to give him a prescription for medicinal cannabis. Billy Caldwell’s case helped persuade the home secretary to change the law on the drug last year – but he now has just nine days’ supply left.

15 May 5 stories of Cannabios activiosts Like every other mother on this list, Dr. Marsha Schuchard, PhD, never set out to become a cannabis activist, never mind one capable of changing the game. Her call to action came in the form of a birthday party that she and her husband hosted at their suburban Atlanta home in 1976. The guest of honor was their thirteen-year-old daughter, who’d lately been “moody” and “indifferent” towards her parents—both liberal-leaning English professors.

15 May Through the end of April, just over 2,100 individual patients had been prescribed medical cannabis via the four-year pilot program, which was launched in January 2018, according to fresh data presented by Danish Health Minister Ellen Trane Nørby at the European Cannabis Symposium in Copenhagen.

15 May Through the end of April, just over 2,100 individual patients had been prescribed medical cannabis via the four-year pilot program, which was launched in January 2018, according to fresh data presented by Danish Health Minister Ellen Trane Nørby at the European Cannabis Symposium in Copenhagen.

15 May Through the end of April, just over 2,100 individual patients had been prescribed medical cannabis via the four-year pilot program, which was launched in January 2018, according to fresh data presented by Danish Health Minister Ellen Trane Nørby at the European Cannabis Symposium in Copenhagen.

13 May CBD is making regulators across the world scratch their heads. The European Union is no exception to this.The European Food Safety Authority recently issued a memo declaring that it considered cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive compound in cannabis, a “novel food” additive and therefore any product containing CBD must gain approval before being sold in the European Union (EU).

13 May; Several hundred cannabis patients in the UK have signed onto a petition asking police to cease raids on small-scale cannabis cultivation. Nearly all have merely identified themselves as sympathetic citizens. So far, only a select few have identified themselves to local law enforcement as illegally cultivating cannabis.

10 May Pharmacists support the use of medical cannabis in practice but have concerns about the potential harms it may cause to patients,  Researchers carried out a systematic review of 26 studies that looked at the beliefs, knowledge, and concerns of healthcare professionals surrounding the delivery of cannabis.

9 May:A mother is having to pay more than £2000 a month to access the cannabis oil she says is keeping her son alive. Ben Griffiths has epilepsy and can have up to 100 seizures a day. His condition is so severe he usually wears a helmet

9 May: The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has been asked to provide an outline framework on medical cannabis by the end of 2019, with the aim of having an initial view by the end of 2020.

9 May: Belgium has laid out plans to increase medicinal cannabis production, promising more money for research and domestic cultivation. The Belgian government has announced plans to launch a dedicated ‘Belgian Cannabis bureau’ to oversee the local medicinal cannabis production.

2 May: ( Daily Mail) women say they would use cannabis to treat menstrual cramps and other kinds of gynecological pain, according to a new survey. Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University interviewed more than 1,000 women across the US.

1 May; Cannabis has been used as a medicine for millennia, writes David Nutt, who charts its relatively recent prohibition, the effect on patients such as Billy Caldwell, and the failure of legal reform to make much difference

22 April Medicinal cannabis was legalised in the UK for the first time in November 2018 but many NHS doctors still are reluctant to prescribe it to patients.Campaign groups have claimed that the current system in place means patients who can afford private health have gained greater access to medicinal marijuana since the rules were changed but many of those relying on the NHS are being turned away.

20 April: (Guardian) Global cannabis suppliers struggled to keep up with demand on Saturday, the biggest ever 4/20 Day, an annual celebration of marijuana on 20 April, which in the US calendar is referred to as 4/20. Suppliers in the US, where recreational cannabis is legal in 10 states, and Canada, where the drug was decriminalised for recreational use last year, reported difficulties fulfilling orders on what has been called the industry’s Black Friday.

20 April: All the news lately about the cannabis industry seems to be about growth. Legalization is spreading, and over the past several months, major companies have announced substantial investments in the emerging market. But the fact that cannabis is still illegal federally presents serious challenges for marketing the product. Cannabis companies can’t buy Google AdWords, and they can’t post on Facebook or Instagram

20 April I’m 35: so I remember the days when teachers and parents would say things like Pot will rot your mind! Well, my mind is quick and quite sharp, and I have not walked through a gateway and into addiction to another drug just because I enjoy a joint now and again. That’s why, like many people, I’ll be participating in April 20, better known as 4/20 — a massive, worldwide celebration of weed culture, freedom and (let’s be honest here) food.

16 APRIL Irish Health Minister Simon Harris acknowledged that the “lack of availability of cannabis products in Ireland remains the most critical barrier to full implementation” of the medicinal access scheme. The health minister supported the idea of Irish farmers growing the drug, stating that it ”could be an opportunity for Irish farmers in due course”.

15 April 2019; The man in charge of policing in North Wales says destroying the market for illegal cannabis can only be achieved by making the drug legal.15 April Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones says that, if cannabis was legally controlled like alcohol and tobacco, the street trade would be neutralised. Mr Jones says figures suggest that 90% of drug consumption, including cannabis, is for recreational use and does not cause harm to anyone else

15 April A new service offering medicinal cannabis treatments is set to open in Solihull in June.

15 April 2019 A woman who has been denied medicinal cannabis on the NHS says she will risk prison by growing the drug herselfhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-sussex-47941956/growing-medicinal-cannabis-i-m-not-a-criminal

15 April How Cannabis Prohibition Is Harming Veterans With PTSD

15 April When people think about cannabis, the first thing that comes to mind is usually smoking it, then vaping it or eating it inside an edible. Until recently, the idea of drinking cannabis wasn’t really on most people’s radars.

13 April The legalisation of cannabis in Canada has created jobs and revenue, improved safety and reduced illegal sales, according to officials.

12 April Cannabis companies are making their way to London to tap into a £100billion European market and cash in on the Square Mile’s so-called ‘green rush’ among investors. In the past few weeks alone, four firms have decided to ditch their previous business plans and instead switch their focus to cannabis-based medicines.

13 April Mother of Teagan Appleby “overjoyed” to have confiscated medical cannabis returned. “Bureaucratic trauma shows the system is not working”, say nine year olds parents.

12 April The government has broken its promise to make products that help with my MS available on prescription

9 April; NHS patients are being refused access to medical cannabis while private doctors prescribe it, in an emerging “two-tier system”. While private patients have enjoyed much greater access to medical cannabis, paying hundreds of pounds a month for appointments and prescriptions, the picture is very different for patients relying on the NHS

8 April 2019 “I’m just trying to save my daughter’s life” The mother of Teagan Appleby travels to the Netherlands for medical cannabis for her daughter, who has a rare and severe form of epilepsy and its confiscated back in UK https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-politics-47854938/cannabis-oil-thc-seized-after-mum-travels-to-holland

7 April A mum who was given weeks to live after she shunned chemotherapy has stunned doctors by ‘treating her cancer’ – with illegal super strength cannabis and Manuka honey. Susan Dhillon, 51, was diagnosed with inoperable stage four cancer of the mouth, nose and lower skull in June 2018.

7 April Desperate parents are buying dangerous cannabis oils from unscrupulous drug dealers on Facebook to treat their sick children, a Mail on Sunday investigation has found.Some of the oils sold online contain more than 400 times the legal limit of a psycho-active ingredient which can cause hallucinations and even induce psychosis.

7 April Police forces across the country were yesterday given the green light to stop arresting cannabis users. Individual chief constables can now decide whether to arrest and charge, caution or warn those caught with the drug – or simply let them go. The softening of approach was announced by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the body that develops nationwide operational policies.

5 April A huge greenhouse growing cannabis for medicinal use could be built in Wiltshire within two years by a company aiming to dominate a marketplace opened by a Government decision to allow prescribed use of the drug.

4 April Uruguay was the first country in the world to legalise recreational cannabis. Five years after its pioneering law was passed, how’s the industry getting on?

4 April Cannabis resin sold on the streets of Madrid is contaminated with dangerous levels of faecal matter, a study says.

1 April Woman with Parkinsons

24 March 2019 “Regulation has been unscientific and too restrictive” But the spectre of psychosis means some will always have to be wary

29 March “I think that we’ve opened a Pandora’s box,” Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England, told a parliamentary committee on medical cannabis earlier this month.

21 March 2019 I will “fight for the right for my son to receive medical cannabis on prescription”.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/ukenglandnorfolk-47644751/parents-fight-for-norwich-toddler-to-get-cannabis-oil-on-the-nhs

29 March: Super-strength cannabis flooding the streets of London is helping drive psychosisrates there to the highest levels recorded in Europe. A major new study has found that smoking powerful strains (high in THC) like skunk every day, made people five times more likely to develop mental health problems. Nearly a third of cases recorded in south east London hospitals were linked to people smoking these powerful drugs, which now make up 94 per cent of the cannabis sold by drug dealers.

19 March The parents of a 17-year-old boy with severe epilepsy will join 15 other families in Westminster to call for more access to medical cannabis.It was legalised in November but Rachel Rankmore said her son Bailey has been denied the more potent cannabis oil.

19 March Families of children with severe epilepsy have handed a petition with about 578,000 signatures to Downing Street calling for the guidance on prescribing medical cannabis to be reviewed.

8 March Olivia Newton-John is the latest celebrity to turn to cannabis for medical reasons. The actor was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and privately overcame another bout in 2013.

29 January The green rush is on: major consumer brands are researching and developing products, legislation and attitudes are changing, pharmas are pivoting – and comms is at the centre

15 February Legalisation of cannabis in the UK would help protect its users from harm

8 Jan 1918; A mother-of-two from Pembroke Dock wants to see cannabis legalised to help ease symptoms like hers.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-norfolk-47644751/parents-fight-for-norwich-toddler-to-get-cannabis-oil-on-the-nhs

1 January The strength of cannabis sold illegally by drug dealers has doubled, across Europe in the last 11 years, according to the first study to track changes in the drug across the continent.