Cannabis News

Analysts from financial services firm, Cowen and Co. delivered a report projecting a $50 billion legal cannabis market in the United States by 2026. But such progression would be based on federal legalization.

The Presidential Election is a key catalyst toward that end, analysts wrote. Many companies who have invested in the cannabis industry are now in a better position to benefit from the November state referendums.

Voters in five states — Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada — will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. Medical marijuana is on the ballot in Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota.

The Cannabis Party is calling on John Key to explain why he gave over $7 million of New Zealand tax-payer's money to the Clinton Foundation.

Wikileaks raised serious ethical concerns about the Clinton Foundation when it published a hacked email, send to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, revealing blurred lines between the foundation and the personal financial interests of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Cannabis Party leader Julian Crawford said if John Key was serious about HIV prevention, one of the Clinton Foundation's supposed goals, he should legalise medical cannabis in New Zealand.

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Medicinal cannabis crops are now legal in Australia after new laws came into effect.

Budding cannabis producers can now apply for a licence to legally grow the crop in Australia or manufacture cannabis products, for medicinal use only.

The Narcotic Drugs Amendment Act 2016, which came into effect on Sunday, allows businesses to apply for a licence to cultivate cannabis or manufacture cannabis products for medicinal purposes, or to conduct related research.

Medicinal cannabis has been gaining plenty of headlines this year.

High-profile users such as Helen Kelly and sporting greats like Martin Crowe who have spoken out.

There have been the lobbyists who are trying to work their way around loopholes to bring medicinal cannabis into the country.

You know her as Nicky Watson - socialite and celebrity party girl who was married to millionaire businessman Eric Watson.

A lot has changed since then for Nicola Robinson, as she's now known. 

She's been hiding from the limelight in Australia, but now she's stepping back into the public eye - and this time, it's for a deeply personal reason.

Nicola's father has Alzheimer's and she has been fighting to get him medicinal cannabis.

AUT academic Huhana Hickey has been prescribed medicinal cannabis since February, but she said the long-term cost was unsustainable.

Sativex is approved to be prescribed for use for multiple-sclerosis patients only.

Until today it was the only medicinal cannabis product legally available for use in New Zealand. All other cannabis products require ministerial approval.

Helen Kelly, who died on Friday, never stopped fighting - and in her final year she lent her voice to the cause of medicinal cannabis.

She used the illegal drug to treat pain brought on by terminal cancer - and when she couldn't get what she wanted in New Zealand, she even took her search all the way to Cuba.

Not just looking to help herself, Ms Kelly was looking for help for others too.

Rose Renton spoke of her kind, gentle, considerate and generous son as she addressed supporters of her petition to legalise medicinal cannabis.

Alex Renton died last year after suffering mysterious seizures, during which time his mother secretly treated him with cannabis oil before its use was approved by Government.

Today Rose presented a petition to Parliament with 17,000 signatures calling for law reform to allow doctors to be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand is again considering a proposal to allow the sale of foods containing hemp seeds.

This means the Minister of of Food Safety will likely need to decide whether food in New Zealand should be allowed to contain hemp.

National Party MP for Rakaia, Jo Goodhew​, says she supports the sale of low THC hemp seed food.

The president of the Cannabis Party, Abe Gray, is standing for Mayor of the Dunedin City Council.

Mr Gray, a prominent cannabis reform campaigner, said he would meet the sobering challenges head on by abstaining from smoking cannabis during work hours.

"I've volunteered over 40 hours a week for more than the last decade for community organisations such as Whakamana, the Cannabis Museum of Aotearoa," he said.

"I'm disgusted by the lack of backbone shown by the Labour Party and the Green Party on the cannabis issue."