Melbourne, Australia
January 2018
Loren W.

FACTOID: How to Legalise Real Cannabis for Medical use in 2018? – There are only 2 ways, a legal challenge (more later), or fixing an existing bill (nothing later) or introducing a new bill (lots more later). I know that is 3, there are no current bills that can be amended to help so that takes it back to 2. Cannabis supporting Protests, BBQs, Seminars, Picnics, and Frisbee competitions are lots of fun but they need to be part of the journey to legalisation not the end game.   There is a lot of diversity and disagreement in the Australian Cannabis community (and apathy).

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For a few years I believe there is a common thread not just diversity. Simplistically, legalization should be it. If folks are against legalization think about that.. if they are against legalization then with respect, then they are part of the problem. Part of the problem or part of the solution ? Peace, love and all the best to you .. adios..

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Speaking in MEME – With so many sites, and being an opinionated graphic artist kinda guy, I talk in memes alot. You are welcome to share anything I say or print. Feel free to question ANYTHING I say, no offence will be taken, I know some or all of this seems cray cray.. don’t worry it is.. But it is all actually factual.

FACTOID: Anyone that accessed legal “Medical Cannabis” or CBD in 2015, 2016, or 2017 Did not get it from full spectrum real Cannabis but one of the new things called “Medical Cannabis” that need not include real Cannabis. I will repeat this many times. Those that are anti-Cannabis continue to have folks focusing on a TGA access issues. Change only works when the TGA A & B is bypassed. The government says it is a state issue but the Government then keep interfering with state laws. The FIGHT is not in Canberra but in each state.


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So, Happy New Year folks, hard to believe we have over 170,000 followers on twitter ( and about 1000 more views a day on other parts of social media and here. Thanks you sooo much .. I am so lucky I get to hear and speak to activists all over the world and here in Australia, it is truly humbling. …

To all the messages, conversations, debates, weird gifts, that kind words. The latter I often forget about it until I bump into random strangers / fans that get some benefit out of the truth we are putting out. There is some good news as well with a new Bill to legalise Cannabis in Australia starting in NSW very soon in early 2018. Also a big shout out to the Law Review USA and some other media friends USA.

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Well 2017 has been a very big year in Cannabis law reform globally, including in Australia. For Australia not in a good way, globally it is a mixed bag. Now in 2018 it is starting weird between the USA issues and Australia issues impacting the world also.

Note: I started writing this prior to recent announcements by the government, on “conquering the world on pharmaceutical medical Cannabis” in Australia. I will address it at the end. Oddly it plays well into what was already written.

Medical Cannabis is Now Legal in Australia –The biggest trojan horse of all time in Cannabis Law Reform?

Note One: Those used to information from us / me are also used to absurd amount of links tied to most opinions and facts. This is becuase to many they think is is either narcissistic BS, or just BS. Our / my view is simple, folks can disagree over ideologies, but we should not disagree over the facts. Or as I often say,, another way, we can disagree about what the weather will be tomorrow but should not argue what is was yesterday.

On that note, misinformation and confusion by and from the media and government seems the biggest issue along with apathy for legalisation by so called activists and so-called patient groups not far behind. Some of this is ignorance, some of this is other agendas like the black market are like any others in that they do not want to support what is bad for business.

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Focus in 2016, 2017, and now into 2018, turned to the “legalisation of medical cannabis and dealing with the so -called red tape issues. Viewed as a trojan horse, those with an understanding believe, that this is taking attention away from the MUCH bigger picture that changed EVERYTHING, mainly;

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What is Medical Cannabis, what is legal and what is illegal.

Note: ‘Cannabis for Medical use’ versus ‘Medical Cannabis Products’. Due to multiple government trickery / word smithing exercises in the media, laws and recent bills, the words “Medical Cannabis” need not include Cannabis in Australia. So here, “Medical Cannabis” with real Cannabis is referred to here as Cannabis for Medicinal use so as not to confuse Cannabis with pharma. More on that below.

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A BRIEF REFLECTION” WHAT HAPPENED IN 2014 LEADING TO 2018 – In 2014, parents with sick kids focused nationally on trying to get politicians across the country to agree to legalise Cannabis for medical use. Some agreed. Then in 2015, a national survey showed 94% of the Australia population based on hundreds asked across all age groups, supported Cannabis for medicinal use, a figure that after the promises of 2014 shocked many politicians, the black market, a new industry of fake Cannabis, and the pharmaceutical industry. The result was a concerted decision by government in multiple states and federally, to re-define Cannabis for Medicinal use to “Medical Cannabis” and Medicinal Cannabis products. As a result, ‘Medical Cannabis and Medical Cannabis Products’ in Australia no longer need to include Cannabis, a scary and confusing issue being played out as 2018 begins and backed by laws passed in 2016 and 2017 in Australia.

GOOD VS BAD CBD – WHY CBD IS NOT CAKE – Many in Australia Hemp Industry Also Got Screwed by New Bad Cannabis Laws – In 2016 and 2017, when the definition of Cannabis changed, it had no negative impact on existing Cannabis industry as there is none as Cannabis is illegal of course. However, by adding all these new items to what can be called Medical Cannabis products, it created a new economy and industry in fake Cannabis. An odd victim of this was some legal players in the hemp industry in Australia. When the definition of hemp (the non-medical but good food and construction material cousin of Cannabis) also had its definition changed. The result was hemp that had high CBD and THC over 1% was now classified as “Medical Cannabis”. This meant if some industry folks wanted to keep making hemp products, they had to be under .3% THC, or be classified as Medical Cannabis or all be destroyed and grown again with less THC. This impacted many legal hemp businesses (around 80 in NSW alone). If they chose to be called “medical cannabis” and were cultivating what was until 2017, legal state licensed hemp, they would have to sign up to the government’s new licencing Medical Cannabis scheme, requiring millions in security infrastructure, company equity and tough security and character checks, to bring it up to government standards and a financial relationship with a manufacturer, similar to anf favoring larger pharma companies. The result is many hemp businesses failed, while bigger ones and those with pharmaceutical connections were born as was a new fake industry. Also with many in the hemp industry anti-cannabis, or for removal of all prohibition, the hemp industry is largely not the friend of Cannabis legalisation in Australia. I recently had a “suspected” friendly pro Cannabis ally / activist argue that ALL CBD was good, as all CBD is from Cannabis. A simple enough statement but could not be further from the truth.

BREAKING NEWS – YES, CBD FROM CANNABIS IS STILL ILLEGAL” – Another story the media ignores – Currently those with LEGAL access to CBD in Australia are not getting it from Cannabis. – There is no denying the benefits from CBD in Cannabis. From a simple perspective, CBD is an antagonist to THC in Cannabis, balancing the CBD with the THC. like Ying and Yang and very naturally. This means, despite the hype, CBD only needs to exist in a very small amount like 1:15 CBD to THC It is no coincidence that the United Nations also defines Cannabis as 15:1 THC:CBD. – For instance to aid in curing or slowing cancer, the original Rick Simpson Oil is the same 15:1 Cannabis made into an oil often giving a 50-60% THC to 1-5% CBD. Meanwhile, Cannabis for medical use is still illegal to grow in 2018. Licenses are available, for R&D purposes only per the Office Drug Control (ODC) head, Bill Turner said in 2017, that this prevents human consumption until 2022-2027 due to Australia adopted “Cochrane Gold Standard Testing”, a bureaucratic standard used just to slow progress in this case and manipulate the lack of real access by the government. This combined with Australia choosing to hide behind the UN Drug act that countries like the USA have ignored and others like Isreal and Cannada have simply offered amendemts to allow Cannabis for medicnal purposes.

NOTE: Why Hemp is NOT Cannabis & Cannabis is not hemp- & why you hate me but I dont hate you unless you hate me.
Though many (not all) in the hemp industry hate Cannabis law reform or correctly see it as a threat to some hemp businesses and eco-systems they are not the same thing at all. The confusion is on many levels, but simply correctly or incorrectly, hemp and Cannabis/Marijuana share the botanical plant genus (Cannabis L.). Many experts think this is a mistake. Regardless of that factoid, they are different hemp and Cannabis, in how they work in the human body so thus they ARE different. We know this due to genetic work on Cannabis that proved it thanks to a Dr Paige more in detail here. –

CBD FROM HEMP – IS NOT THE SAME AS CBD FROM CANNABIS – Firstly CBD again is also not the enemy here any more than hemp itself, but neither is all CBD the same or even safe or tested.
While Cannabis activists, politicians, and patients petitioned for Cannabis for medical use instead they got Medical Cannabis with hemp, isolates and pharmaceuticals all being the new “medical cannabis” and all different.

Until now hemp is not the same medical use as cannabis. The industry even got sued in 2014 in the USA when folks initially were being confused by CBD hemp vs CBD Cannabis. This resurfaced in 2017, when the FDA

Hemp can also work well in tinctures, but again in most cases Cannabis is FAR better internal medicine we can say more so than hemp on a huge scale. Hemp is also a good food plant, high in omega 3 oils, and a raw material for the manufacturing industry, including cement products plastics etc, but not medicine like Cannabis. When the initial Charlotte’s Web Cannabis strain appeared to help children with seizures it helped to highlight the need for cannabis for seizures in children especially. However, it was a hybrid of hemp and Cannabis, with very very low THC but mainly hemp – Remembering per above, CBD works best as an antagonist to THC, this means in the case of a CBD hemp, with no THC, it becomes that different medicine to Cannabis CBD on a few levels. and per above again showing hemp and Cannabis are NOT the same medicine. The point of this is that, many that used Charlotte’s web evolved to using CBD from Cannabis instead, as the lack of THC meant it quit working for many . In 2017 this means hemp products and hemp medicines are legal. Many believe the lack of the government interest in allowing even CBD hemp medicine being allowed in Australia is due to the government knowing that it will not work and calling hemp CBD medical cannabis (only in Australia) is a big risk.

CBD PHARMA – IMPORTED INTO AUSTRALIA – WITH NO TESTING – When the pharmaceutical industry decided to get into the fake Cannabis business.

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Ironically, where the government could allow patients to import real cannabis for medical use, under the bureaucratic TGA A and B standards that allows (on paper) patients to import current illegal Cannabis products without testing at patients own risk it is still blocked. However on the same standard the government has allowed the import of new Pharma CBD products and CBD isolates , we will get more into that.

A bit more on What is Medical Cannabis is

While the media correctly focusses and obsesses with the red tape issues as guided by government, and the anti-Cannabis brigade, bigger issues have been totally ignored.
With Cannabis being only a single item of many in the list of medical cannabis products, it is easy to be confused on what is legal, what is illegal, what is accessible what is not, and what is legally able to be grown and what is not.
With the law changes in late 2016 and into 2017 clarity was not included unless folks asked the right people the right questions as the media was not reporting any of it in 2017.
LICENSING PHARMA CANNABIS – The Australia Government announced in early 2017 that medical Cannabis products were now legal and the people / industry could apply for licenses to grow medical cannabis for medical cannabis products. Exactly WHAT could be grown was simple, based on the “legal” demand of the product, to be manufactured, the manufacturer would dictate what could be grown and now much in line with legal demand and keeping to all governemnt and UN guidlines. That would be researched and verified via surveys etc to see the interest level in “medical cannabis” (ignoring that 99% of the population would not know that medical Cannabis did not include Cannabis). In 2017 dozens of “medical Cannabis” surveys appeared, none explaining it was about hemp or pharma, not CBD from Cannabis.

This is where it gets sneaky, demand is based on what products are legal to be prescribed, per all the other bills / laws in 2016-2017. Unfortunately, Cannabis is STILL viewed as not legal for any conditions, so no licenses could be offered to grow real Cannabis for medical use as there was no “legal” demand.

However, R&D licenses would be allowed and the government (Bill Turner ODC) said, this meant 5-10 years testing. This detail escaped the media. The result was wide spread news that Medical Cannabis had been legalised in Australia and various states were fighting to show off their new industry, Medical Cannabis with no Cannabis (hemp).
An Australia announced a $34m donation and initiative to research medical Cannabis in Australia and in early 2017, it moved away from Cannabis to Hemp. They went on TV initially to talk about the benefits of Cannabis. Then with the laws not going their way, they bought into the hemp industry and even announced in another video that hemp and Cannabis were the same thing.
Unfortunately, even use of hemp slowed the government showed no signs of moving forward, so they began a new project (greenlight) to highlight the benefits of Medical Cannabis with no Cannabis. Taking an anti-cannabis position soon drew attention form the same community they claimed to support so the anti- Cannabis rhetoric was slowed down after full page adverts for the new industry were produced.
A new war on drugs had began in Australia and Australia alone. Not just a war on drugs but a war on the the truth on Cannabis.

It is worth noting that the young Cannabis industry sued and threatened the hemp industry in the USA in 2014, over confusing claims that CBD hemp was the same as CBD Cannabis. This resulted in the hemp industry issuing letters to clarify that CBD from hemp was not medicine, and that CBD hemp was not the same as CBD Cannabis. Though Australia law differs from the global definition it is quite clear of the differences. Hemp is mainly an industrial product but can be a food product with lots of vitamins, omega oils etc. . Hemp has little to no THC (defined as 1% or .3% THC) globally. Cannabis is defined by the United Nations, and pretty much globally as being 10% or higher THC and 1% or lower CBD. That makes them dramatically different. Hemp can be grown to be high in CBD, but if high in THC becomes Cannabis a different plant. Both hemp and Cannabis are of the same plant genus Cannabis Linnaeus, but many experts think this is a mistake, that aside scientific research went further and verified this (see below).
The early impact of all of this is that in the 60’s and early in 2001, is that Cannabis was discovered to work best when it included the 110 cannabinoids, and 400 other elements combined. Two of those cannabinoids being THC and CBD. Therefore Hemp with no THC would not allow for the medicine to work the same way. Not to say CBD is bad just the opposite, but the kind of CBD is different.
The pharmaceutical industry went further and introduced pure CBD products and even pure THC products, but they were not natural and do not work the same way. In most cases they are not even tested, yet are being imported into Australia by the Australia government, and select pharmacists.
This has created a good vs bad CBD issue.

Due to government opposition and other aspects a bill in early 2017, to legalise Cannabis go little support…

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1 December 2017
Melbourne, Australia
Loren W

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After the failing of a bill to legalise Cannabis in August of 2017, there is another try looking for early 2018 on the same bill with a few amendments. Unfortunately, unless the Australian public, especially so-called Cannabis activists and cannabis activist leaders, support the bill to legalise cannabis for medical use in Australia then again it will fail.

All Australians can help and we are calling on the Hemp industry to support legalisation of Cannabis for medical use  help also. 

The licensing in 2016 that the government ( announced and manages shows no legal licenses to make medical cannabis with cannabis (with THC). LIcenses are based on demand, of what is legal for medical conditions. The government has made it so that there are no legal uses for medical cannabis with Cannabis (THC), so no licenses for human consumption are allowed only R&D that has a 10 year expectation before patients would ever see it legal if ever.

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IT IS TIME – Australia

Removal of all prohibition vs Cannabis for medical use only.

In 1996, in a state in the USA (California) with a population matching that of all Australia 5m people voted and agreed to legalise Cannabis for medical use only. The decision was contrary to a previous vote that failed that looked to remove prohibition and make Cannabis legal for medical and recreational use. That same model has played out globally where votes to legalise recreational use have failed in not addressing medical use first. This was a compromise that worked. It worked in the USA, Canada, Israel, and around the globe. It is estimated 220m now have legal access to Cannabis in the USA and Canada alone. Those clinging on to removal of prohibition only are delaying legalisation for everyone by an estimated 10-20 years per various estimates.

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Basically, Cannabis law reform in Australia is a dead parrot. The mainstream media has announced many times nationally and globally it is now legal in Australia, and most believe it, and now think it is JUST a red tape issue, very different to the facts.  It is easy to be confused if looking at Cannabis law reform in Australia.

None of the main stream media have reported on the facts of those statements and they are a LARGE problem. They will if asked, confess they report on the sound bytes not on the facts. In the now Donald Trump era in the media, facts appear to matter little versus hyperbole, and story impact. Even the PROJECT TV Show – when told that the government was up to in 2016,  and given contacts in government and even the Institute of lawyers to verify the new unpassed Bills in the senate in Victoria, issue refused to look at it stating, “It is highly unlikely to be true.” even when presented with the simple facts.

This has also played out well by the government, when they announced in October 2016, that  licenses for medical cannabis are also available. Again, the facts are quite different.

  • Many activists not looking at the detail report that a few hundred in Australia have legal access to medical cannabis some but not enough they say going back to the red tape issue. Again, the facts are quite different.
  • Many activist leaders, even industry and pharma leaders say they support medical cannabis. Again, not quite the facts.

Consulting to Government on Cannabis Legalization in Australia-
When we, or others comment about consulting to government on the issue, it can take many forms. For most of us it is reading the new bills and laws and offering comment and maybe getting a few others to do the same hoping and praying the important parts get noticed and addressed before they get debated. There is normally months from when a bill goes beta as it were to get comment.

Sometimes this might mean being activists in the community (such as myself) contacted by an MP (for or against Cannabis) and asking for opinions on the subject matter. That alone can be ambiguous as those opposed might be looking for ammunition to defend against the argument, for others they might want due diligence. In some rare cases an open-minded MP might even accept an amendment to an existing Cannabis bill if they believe it only clarifies and doesn’t contradict the end game.  That is what we did in 2016, when we saw that Australia was changing the definition of the words “medical Cannabis”. We addressed the issue and suggested the EXACT definition of Cannabis be used, it worked slightly, but failed over all. However, the issue is there addressed in video, and on the public record, that there is a real concern about the first lie that has impacted Cannabis law reform most up to 2017.

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WHAT IS MEDICAL CANNABIS? / WHY DID THAT DEFINITION CHANGE AND ONLY IN AUSTRALIA? – A one-time admired Cannabis activist in Victoria once said folks should, “Treat Cannabis like beer”, where some want homemade beer, others craft beer, others generic main stream beer, others don’t care just want beer, but if for medical use some might want to even buy that beer from a pharmacy if stretching the story.

But what if milk was defined as being “beer like”. Then every story on “beer” would have to be considered if it was about beer or if it was milk. This is what has happened to the words “medical Cannabis”

HOW DID THIS MESS BEGIN? –  It began in 1984, funny enough but in 2014,  politicians, were faced with parents with sick kids nationally,  that wanted the ability to use cannabis for medical use as they have been doing in Canada and the USA since 1996 (21 years)  The media caught it, and the politicians were forced to promise or resist that they would look at the issue when elected. When elected the politicians had to address the issue, then in 2015, a legitimate survey on the issue saw that 94% of Australians supported the use of Cannabis for medical use,, those opposed to cannabis for medical use panicked. What happened next has impacted Cannabis law reform in Australia since.

IN FEB 2016- THINGS CHANGED For the Worse.  – , New laws against “cannabis” where Cannabis was not even mentioned, in Feb 2016, in State Victoria, a new bill sold as a bill 100% against ICE was really about Cannabis. To avoid early detection or any at all , the word Cannabis was replaced with an old reference to a group of drugs that cannabis sat in in called drugs of dependence.

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THEN WHAT? – Quite simply, government decided to redefine the words “medical cannabis” . Globally, medical cannabis just meant real cannabis used for medical purposes. Many were not using high CBD cannabis yet, so that was more medical. Also different strengths of THC in Cannabis might make one strain / cultivar better for some medical conditions than others. Then there were oils, and edibles, where only used for medical use legally they were medical cannabis. The pharmaceutical industry and even those in the hemp industry and those opposed to cannabis for medical use applauded the new definition others not so much. The end result was medical Cannabis (only in Australia) would vary in definition state by state but mostly meant ANYTHING that acted like cannabis was now “medical cannabis”. This has then gave itself to many implications

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Rallys, protests, and BBQs to legalise cannabis even the mardi grass in NSWand ALL of Australia, do NOTHING unless they end in the support of a specific new bill, or legal challenge. To date NONE of those things have happened. To date all the exisitng bills have been BS and made things worse for pateints, and those wanting law reform.

That has to stop if folks want things to be different we have to do something different.
Now a Cannabis friendly bill is on the table for 2018, if supported Cannabis can be legal in a year or yes. But public support is needed as there needs to be some folks to cross the aisle to vote yes when they might otherwise vote no.

The Political Logistics on Legalising Cannabis
As mentioned we have seen 10 bills in 2016-2017 producing 20 or so new laws all against Cannabis though some were supported by activists and activist groups without listening to the possible negatives of the bills. The new bill based on the foley bill in NSW in 2017, looks to bypass all the new red tape, and allow patients, and caregivers to provide medicine legally even buying from the black market. At only 17-20 pages, the bill is a framework bill in that it does not address all the mess of the last 10 bills. It sort of skirts around them so as not to get buried in a cumulative effect of 10 bills of crap already approved by activists, and government.

The one and a half minute video explains it well –

The foley Bill of 2017 being revamped for 2018.

 The bill in a bit more detail – (a quick read) 

The foley bill 2017 now trying again in 2018

Why this Bill?
A bill to legalise Cannabis needs to do a few things. 

Be simple
Not Get buried in the baggage of all the other previous bad bills
Protect patients
Protect Caregivers
Allow legal access to full cannabis medicine not pharma
Allow for the first time a legal demand for medical cannabis that actually includes cannabis (with THC). Currently no licenses are available as medical cannabis (with thc) is deemed not legal so no demand so no licenses (but for R&D that will take 10 years).

More soon.. ❤






Loren W
Melbourne Australia,
17 November, 2017

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It is hard to determine these days when journos “claim” look at a new story on Medical Cannabis in Australia if they are naïve, have an agenda, are bought and paid for by the government, the pharmaceutical industry, the black market, another industry, or worse. The saying if we ignore the past we are doomed to repeat it, has never been truer than when looking at Medical Cannabis in Australia. However looking at the past specific to laws around medical cannabis in Australia only require looking back 2 years in Australia, a few more to put this in context. Ironically it is the leaders of the Medical Cannabis community that are now protesting the loudest that they do not want it legal, a fact the media continues to ignore. But what got us here, and what are the FACTS?


In 1978 there was a royal commission into the non-medical use of drugs in Australia, let by Hon Ron Sackville. He would later write (ironically in 1984), that Australia had misinterpreted, and incorrectly enforced, the United Nations own Act on Cannabis use, and that it was intended to address trafficking, not medical use or personal use. He suggested it should be legalized and taxed as California would do in 12 more years (in 1996).

His suggestions were of course ignored, and instead, Australia has since (in consideration of his suggestions) reduced the benchmark since of what trafficking is. Making the amounts required less, and even increasing parameters for what trafficking is.

This all played out with gusto in 2016, but that was preceded in 2014 with a new momentum, parents with sick kids that were using illegal oil made from Cannabis called Rick Simpson oil or RSO. Legal around the world, RSO even had dosage parameters and became part of Australia government laws and bill discussions.

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In 2014 mothers with sick kids did an ok job getting in front of politicians and the media. Though severely played by both, at election time politicians promised if elected or re-elected, that medical cannabis would be higher on the agenda. The politicians won, but when a survey in 2015, disclosed that 94% of Australians supported the legalization of Cannabis for medical use, the government, pharma, the hemp industry, and the black market all freaked out.

It turned out that in the USA and Canada where there are 220,000,000 with legal access, as well as those in Germany, Israel, Spain etc 90% of patients using Cannabis for medical use do so for pain symptoms and many of those with arthritic pain.

The pharmacy guild Australia issues public data on over the counter (OTC) purchases and prescriptions purchases. Not so oddly 90% of both are for pain medication. Australia produces over 50% of the worlds legal NATURAL opiates but is at risk financially of the synthetic opioid market that is now a global plague. So with threats form synthetics, on one level and Cannabis on the other, then all things medical in Australia from the Australia Medical Association, (AMA), pharma industry (that is part of Australia Government), Department of Agriculture, Pharmacy guild etc. ALL were all of a sudden at risk, as well as the mentioned others including the black market and even patient advocate groups now at risk if cannabis for medical use was to be legal.


Note: How is Australia impact on Cannabis legislation different to the USA in 1996 – This is simple when Cannabis was legalized for medical use in California in 1996 pharma cannabis (Like GW Pharma UK) would not be legal until 2001. This the same year that Canada legalized for medical use, this made Pharma less of an impact then but giving them 21 years to prepare year on year for other markets that tried to go legal.

THEN WHAT HAPPENED NEXT IS BAD. – Then what happened was very defining to the landscape on legalizing cannabis for medical use today in Australia. in 2014 various governments in Australia announced when pushed they would be fulfilling their promise to legalize “medical Cannabis” in Australia. However multiple new laws in multiple states did something else, it redefined “medical Cannabis” from a plant as it is in the rest of the world to a bucket of “stuff”. This stuff depending on the bill and the new laws (there were 20 new laws, bills and acts in 2016 alone, all with months of notice, all gagged by the government to the media but all on public record and all debated in the various State and federal senates all losing out for Cannabis even in laws. What Australia did was introduce multiple USA style rider clauses to the bills.

A Rider Clause – In a legislative procedure, a rider is an additional provision added to a bill or other measure under the consideration by a legislature, having little connection with the subject matter or intent of the billRiders are usually created as a tactic to pass a controversial provision that would not pass as its own bill.

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The rider clauses varied from bill to bill and got bolder, bill to bill. In the Australia state of Victoria, it culminated with what the Law Institute of Victoria said was, “The worst legislature they had ever seen in Australia” in early 2016 and on the government record as such. In that bill alone, it introduced new laws and penalties against Cannabis in a bill sold by the PM as a bill against the ICE / Amphetamine Crisis but was actually a bill against Cannabis, that was even edited for the media to hide any reference to Cannabis. The bill introduced 10 new laws against medical Cannabis without even using the word Cannabis in the bill. – – The new bill did everything from changing trafficking charges from 15 within 300m of a school to kids to 25 years of selling to ANYONE within 500m of a school. It introduced 5-year sentencing to sharing an email, webpage, or book on Cannabis, to 10 years for their production, and it went on and on. –

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The bills to redefine medical cannabis went largely un-noticed and media organizations chose to ignore the relevance. The government argued that medical cannabis needed to include other Cannabis products, that made sense on the surface to many, but others saw it as a chance for the government to do what they have done now, and prevent any cannabis use at all. This all took an odd turn in late 2016 when another bill took this further and defined that Medical Cannabis could also include synthetic opioids, like Fentanyl/Subsys that the singer Prince died off in 2016. A change that is still on the books today and now includes other synthetics. The end result that in 2017-2018, Medical Cannabis need not include Cannabis or even come from a plant, a fact the media has still not addressed though it is in multiple bills and all on the public record.

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How this Changed EVERYTHING – The result now that EVERY story on medical Cannabis reference Australia has to address 1 simple issue EXACTLY WHAT MEDICAL CANNABIS PRODUCT ARE YOU REFERRING TO. Is it hemp, CBD, pharma, synthetic, GMO, or real Cannabis. The UN Act (used to hide behind by Australia) even defines Cannabis as being 10-15% CBD and low CBD. Yet the government and others ignore this. They also ignore of course that the USA, Canada etc all have legal Cannabis by amending the UN act (preventing legalization in Australia per the Government) or simply ignore it as the USA has done.

Why Cannabis is Still Illegal in 2017-2018 – Sadly this is because there is no Cannabis lobby in Australia. But what there is are patient advocates now making (they believe) more money with Cannabis being illegal than if it was legal. The patients are not even aware that their leaders are not supporting the bills to legalize. The media is not talking about the bills as they are introduced by the opposition government.

Cannabis Myths and more BS 2017 – As recently as August 2017, a bill in NSW made to be cut and paste state by state, protect patients, caregivers, growers, and even pharma and the black market itself, was not supported by ANY major Cannabis activist group, industry, or the black market, because they are  making more money on it being illegal.

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Some resulting questions –

  • So any story about medical cannabis in Australia is a lie ? – Pretty much if not addressing what the exact product is then it is a likely a lie.
  • Why are folks turning to the black market to buy Cannabis oil – (because there is no legal avenue) the activists and politicians supporting the recent government changes in the TGA in Australia was all a smoke screen.
  • Medical Cannabis is Legal in Australia is it not ? – Yes as long as it does not contain Cannabis. As hemp, CBD, GMO, pharma, and synthetics are now all legally defined as Medical Cannabis then that is ALL folks are getting.
  • But the government and some activists report over 100 people have legally got medical cannabis in Australia – Yes but non include real Cannabis only pharma, hemp, CBD, GMO, or synthetic (None Cannabis)
  • Aren’t hemp and CBD are both Cannabis?  – Nope another myth, The UN defines Cannabis as 10-15% THC and low CBD. This makes hemp and CBD something else. Botanically hemp and Cannabis share the plant genus Cannabis L, thati s a botanical labeling exercise viewed to be a mistake by experts, but that aside, the genetics and genome of Cannabis is different to hemp. – The Cannabis Genome – Hemp is NOT Cannabis
  • Then is hemp with over 15% THC Cannabis ? – Doesn’t exist.. if Cannabis has over 3% THC then even if it is 88% CBD it is still Cannabis, crap cannabis but still Cannabis . Remember; Cannabis per the UN is typically over 10% THC.. and low CBD – That is why they made oil to increase the CBD to 1-5% (and it increases the THC to 50% or higher. Note: High CBD Cannabis is still Cannabis and is good stuff for many. A 65% CBD with a 10-15% THC even if GMO is ptenmtially amazing stuff, offering a 1:4 THC:CBD.
  • Is the hemp industry supporting legalisation of Cannabis for medical use ? – Nope the exact opposite, the hemp industry took the government to court recently in a class action law suit, saying they (the Government) over stepped by saying some hemp products are Cannabis, killing the industry, and that Cannabis was effectively dangerous and bad and hemp was not. Those that suggested in the class action law suit that hemp should join forces to help legalise cannabis foe medical use as well were threatened and worse.

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 The bottom line – So the bottom line is no activist “leader” has supported ANY bill to legalise Cannabis for medical use in Australia. There has only been one and that was the Foley bill in NSW in August 2017 . I spoke to other MPs in other states all interested in the NSW framework. But as no activists even in NSW supported the NSW bill then it failed. Another bill is pending subject to public interest, it is being moth-balled due to lack of interest. Ask any activist leader, why they have not supported the bill to legalise Cannabis for medical use in Australia, I have asked all of them and they ALL quickly point out the squirrel in the room in Australia (note: there are no squirrels in Australia BTW just drop bears).

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How Medical Cannabis Is Helping Fix the USA Opioid Crisis and Big Pharma is Scared

28 October 2017 –
Melbourne Australia
Loren W

800 scaryHere in Australia, Cannabis for Medical Use is illegal. – This because of Big Pharma lobbying. However, the Australian Government recently legalized medical Cannabis but then changed the definition of Cannabis in Australia again at the behest of #BigPharma.
The outcome now is that Medical Cannabis can include plants similar to Cannabis, synthetic Cannabis, and per new laws in 2016 even synthetic opioids such as Fentanyl/ Subsys the synthetic Opioid that the singer Prince sadly died of, in 2016 and part of the opioid crisis in the USA.

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What does the opioid crisis in the USA have to do with Australia? – good question.
Australia produces a majority  (60%)  of the legal opium poppies in the world for products like morphine etc. An industry worth billions and a consultant to the war on drugs in Australia.

Recently in late 2016 INSYS a USA based pharmaceutical giant, donated millions against companies and states in the USA to prevent the legalisation of Cannabis for Medical use, as it risks their market share.

In Australia,  INSYS impacted our laws so that as mentioned, Medical Cannabis can include synthetic opioids like Fentanyl (also known as Subsys). –  That success has helped them play out their agenda in the USA,  especially in USA states with less lobbying for legal medical Cannabis use.

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Cannabis Use Helping Opioid Addiction

In layman’s terms,  the human receptors that are impacted when opioids are used, work better, when used with Cannabis. Likewise when using Cannabis and opioids together, removing opioids out of the equation due to addiction especially is easier. The ironic joke, of course, is that Cannabis turns out to be a “good” gateway drug helping many get off of opiate use. Also, opiate use is less where Medical Cannabis is available.

In an article on the subject;

Dr. Sanjay Gupta an American neurosurgeon and media reporter, that serves as associate chief of the neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, and as assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Emory University School of Medicine, has become an outspoken supporter of medical Cannabis after seeing how well it works.

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“Dr. Gupta sees a benefit to using medicinal marijuana for those patients caught up in the opioid epidemic. “Sometimes it’s a result of an injured nerve and that’s very hard pain to treat and opioids aren’t particularly good at treating that kind of pain. Not only do I think that medical marijuana can be helpful in reducing opioid dependence and aiding first time users, but I also think it can actually be helpful in treating a type of pain that opioids just aren’t that good at treating. It’s doing something that the existing ladder of treatments doesn’t do very well.”

INSYS is now getting synthetic Cannabis approved in the USA that is dangerous where real Cannabis for medical use is not. Experts say this is to just further their monopoly on the suffering they have caused already, with synthetic opioids.

The Solution –  Many Veterans in the USA are moving from synthetic opioids to medical cannabis or complimenting the use of both to reduce the opioid use.  The trouble is this is not funded by the VA that could save millions in costs of synthetic opioids and their side effects.

A new study explains it quite well.

93% of Patients Prefer Cannabis Over Opioids For Managing Pain, According to New Study

Many other stories on how Cannabis is better than or works better than Opioids alone. But the USA government and Australia have to address their own funding and impact of either reducing or increasing the opioid problem Cannabis for Medical use is working even if the governments continue to make it illegal.

Weed vs Opioids: Which Is Better For Pain?




My Interview with Australia’s Sydney Criminal Lawyers

29 August 2017


A nice chat about Cannabis Law Reform issues in Australia

Want More: The Australian government announced (a few times) that medical cannabis is now legal in Australia. However, on redefining Medical Cannabis to not need to include Cannabis, even synthetic opioids like Fentanyl are now Cannabis. One impact is economic as the Cannabis gold rush for real Cannabis products outside Australia is heating up, it is creating a fake bubble for Australia’s government introduced fake Cannabis products redefined as Medical Cannabis that include no Cannabis or THC.

Why Australia’s New Pharma Cannabis Stock Bubble Will Burst in 2017 / 2018

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Why Australia’s New Pharma Cannabis Stock Bubble Will Burst in 2017 / 2018

11 July 2017
Melbourne, Australia

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Well, the top level story is pretty simple. The Australia government has created a new industry based on lies, deceit, and or lack of transparency. This has stimulated an industry wanting to capitalise on the new Australia Cannabis gold / green rush.

The only problem is investors risk losing greatly when global laws, like those in the USA, Canada, Jamaica, Portugal, Uruguay, South Africa, Mexico etc catch up to the Australian Government, with someof these bieng part of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Some are already in the Senate and due for a debate and vote soon, something the mainstream media (MSM) is ignoring.

Even perhaps the UN Acts that Australia is hiding behind are a risk, unlike the countries

mentioned above that either ignore the UN Acts, or simply make amendments to them so they can appear to comply to these now out-dated guidelines, that many have said for decades Australia is ministering on purpose.

Bubbles in a stock price can be based on vaporwave something that does not exist, but in Australia’s case, the Government has created the fake industry.

How Did This Happen? –

  • In 2014 Government in multiple states and federally promised medical Cannabis for the sick.
  • Then in 2015, a survey showed 94% of Australians supported medical Cannabis. The government freaked out.
  • Then spent the rest of 2015, and 2016 introducing new laws and new penalties against Cannabis federally and in the states, redefining what medical Cannabis is, redefining what hemp is, even revoking legal state licenses. All of this so Australia politicians can be seen to be fulfilling campaign promises to offer medical cannabis but making sure no one got access. Something the Australia population is only beginning to understand as “Medical Cannabis” products are being imported from Canada that most have never heard of or want in their native source country.

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  • DEFINING THE BUBBLE – WHAT IS MEDICAL CANNABIS? – Outside of Australia, it is the plant genus Cannabis L. that typically is 15% THC and 1% or less CBD. However, in 2016, multiple bills in Australia changed the definition of Cannabis to a bucket of pharma. This includes synthetics, GMO, hemp, CBD and other pharmaceuticals that contain no THC so are not Cannabis but are industrial hemp, and in the case of synthetics not even from a plant. Note: Though hemp and cannabis/marijuana are both Cannabis L, it is worth noting that Cannabis with no THC is genetically different even if the genus is the same. We know this by the work of a Dr Page on the Cannabis genome.

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DEFINITIONS – CREATING THE BUBBLE?  – By redefining Medical Cannabis this way to include only 2 groups in Australia Recreational Cannabis and EVERYTHING ELSE – This means products called CBD elsewhere are called Medical Cannabis in Australia, same goes for Synthetics, GMO, hemp and other pharmaceuticals, all called Medical Cannabis in Australia.

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LICENSING – The bubble is formed – Under the new ODC (Office of Drug Control) 2016 guidelines, licenses are only offered where there is “demand” or for R&D. “Demand” is defined is where legal conditions are allowed for legal products. This means as there are no conditions where Cannabis with THC is legal, then per the Government, there is no legal demand for Cannabis with THC (real Cannabis). Again this means the only legal medical Cannabis is not Cannabis but hemp. When the ODC was asked by yours truly if it should not be called, “Medical hemp and not Medical Cannabis”  I was told in writing and face to face,

“The definitional problem is not about the levels of THC, but rather about purpose. If a crop is grown for medicinal purposes, then it is subject to regulation by the Office of Drug Control, regardless of THC level.” – Bill Turner ODC

This was then defined into law, in 2016 in various states.

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THE BUBBLE GROWS – First government said they were now growing Cannabis, then they said they were testing the cannabis but to speed things along the would now import medical cannabis from Canada. So now any company, that has interests, in hemp, GMO, synthetics, CBD, or other pharmaceuticals that are now defined as medical Cannabis then there is a market for those products and the bubble is formed.


GOVERNMENT INTEREST AND DILEMMA – The pharmaceutical industry has been well embedded as part of government since way before the poppy industry. The current pharma industry turnover is estimated to be worth $AUD 28.5billion annually in 2017. With 90% of OTC (over the counter) sales and prescription sales being roughly 90% for pain, and mirroring the 90% use of Medical Cannabis in countries like Canada, USA & Spain. Further data shows that a growing amount of that 90% using Medical Cannabis for pain do so for arthritic pain, and that is growing also do to an aging population.

While the real Cannabis market is expected to be worth $9.6Billion in the USA by 2020 per investment group Archview as reported by the SMH, the Australia Industry Market is at great risk from medical Cannabis. Even the Prime Minister is touched by this as Mrs Turnbull is chairman of a biotech pharmaceutical company that one of their main money makers is a product to treat melanoma (skin cancer) which was the main reason Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) was initially introduced. RSO pretty much set the dosing protocol for Cannabis treatment with 1gm a day of cannabinoids being the suggested treatment. This 1gm would typically include 70% THC and 1% CBD, beginning life as a 15% THC to <2% CBD that when converted to oil becomes the 70:1 potency used in RSO oil for a full dose.


THE TRUTH IS STILL HERE – So now there is an entire industry formed and continues to form to support the needs of the patient that is allowed legal “medical cannabis” (but none with real Cannabis). Some estimate it will be 10 years before Medical Cannabis with Cannabis is legal others say it could be 12 months or less. With Australia’s first Cannabis bill in the Senate in NSW, if it becomes law, it means 2 important things.

  1. Medical Cannabis would contain Cannabis, and
  2. The new laws would enable a legal demand for real Cannabis for the first time.
  3. It means that where 100% of what is legal becomes 1-5% of what is actually wanted or required



Companies that have all their Cannabis investment eggs in the Australia basket are typically anti-cannabis but involved with CBD, synthetic, GMO, pharma, or hemp will see an instant impact when folks learn the truth. This happens when laws for real Cannabis are passed, realised when products sold as having THC and CBD imported from Canada are extreme low dosages 1/30th or less of an RSO dosage, thus costing $7000 a month, and $350 a bottle requiring a bottle a day.  The new products were hailed as being cheaper than existing products but fail to address their very low potency that is not a natural product.

Many Companies are having to invest heavily for 1 year licenses that need sometimes a 5 year ROI (return on investment) they are counting on renewing their licenses on an annual basis, but if demand is reduced by 95% when laws change or the public become aware, then that demand could equally be reduced by 95%. Many of these businesses are tied to investments and stock prices. Some companies will spend millions on security for a product that could lose demand by 95% in the next 12 months alone.


Cannoperations Pty Ltd (Cann Group), Stemcell United, MMJ Phytotech, AusCann, Zelda, MGC, Tasmanian Botanic, AusCann, MediFarm, Queensland Bauxite, The Hydroponics Company (THC), EcoFibre, Lambert Hemp, UIC, ACL and others . Are they pro pharma or pro-patient (supporting real Cannabis products with THC over 10%)

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THE PHARMA MISDIRECTION – As we see new products meeting Australia standards entering the marketplace, it is worth noting the deception. One brand mentions their product is 18% THC and less than 1% CBD, yet does not get you high, how is this possible? A close look shows that the product is an isolate. It started life as Cannabis but then it is so diluted and dissected that a whole bottle is equal to 1gm or 1000mg of Cannabinoid. Real Cannabis products would be 30,000mg or 30gm per bottle with the dosage being 1gm a day or less depending on the condition. – Pharma and importers are failing to address this.

 WHAT STOCKS / COMPANIES SURVIVE / DO BEST – If a law passed tomorrow, that legalised real Cannabis, then the demand for the current legal Medical Cannabis potentially goes away by 90-95%. What would survive would be those that had R&D cannabis in the ground or available, that people would want or those that survive offering full spectrum Cannabis that was CBD dominant, but with THC above 1%, an actual growing market trend globally.

Fixing The Laws – Supporting an existing Bill – Currently,  in NSW there is a framework Bill that legalises Cannabis for those with serious illnesses. It is a more relaxed view of the current laws supporting patients and not Pharma interests. It does not address the many problems in other bills but does a few smart things also. 1) Creates a legal  “demand” for real Cannabis products, vs pharma. 2) Protects patients, allows grow your own, make your own medicine, nominate a caregiver, or buy from the black market while supply is worked out. 3) Bypasses the process or need for the TGA for medicine, as the TGA is federal. 4) Creates a framework used in other countries but can be cut and paste into other states also.

Possible Constitutional Challenges – As most ignore the many new laws and bills against Cannabis patients, that passed in 2016, they even more so ignore, the 1974 era Royal Commission on Drugs. The writings of this focused that the UN Act, on Cannabis addresses the prevention of trafficking, not personal use or medical use. The summation was that Australia is hiding behind the Act and choosing to misinterpret and incorrectly enforce laws based on it. Now 43 years later we see Canada, USA, Jamaica, South Africa, Israel, Netherlands, Mexico, and others either amend the Act or ignore it. It has been suggested for some time that a fresh interpretation of C109 and c117 of the Australian constitution offers good directions in the lack of uniformity in laws and prejudice against what state or even how large you are in respect to saliva testing are all worthy of being addressed.

Targeting Legal Challenges – One of my idols, / mentors into Cannabis Law Reform is Keith Stroup NORML. He said it well, “It is about wins, small wins or big wins, you need to chip away at the laws”. Rallys and protests are fine but they are part of the journey, not the end.

To fix the laws, funding or crowdsourcing funding for those legal challenges if needed but they need to be about patient rights, not pharma rights and protection. 

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Cannabis Conference Melbourne 2017 – Welcome


22 June 2017
Loren W

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  • Since 2016 multiple new laws, bills, and acts have been introduced in Australia, in support of certain activists, that turned out to be only activists for pharmaceutical companies. These new laws in the name of “patients’ rights”, introduced many new and much harsher drug laws in multiple states in Australia in 2016. These include;
  • A new bill in 2016, sold as a new law against ICE, but turned out to be more about new penalties against Cannabis patients, caregivers, and researchers, with “Cannabis” never mentioned in the bill (Feb 2016)


  •          “WORST LEGISLATURE WITH HIDDEN INTENT WE HAVE EVER SEEN” – Law                   Institute Victoria

  • New groups of mandatory sentences for serious crimes, that only include terrorism, rape, murder, incest, and cannabis cultivation
  • Changing existing laws supposedly to protect children, moving the selling or buying of cannabis medicine from 300m to 500m of a school even out of school hours and even adult to adult.
  • Adding new laws with up to 10-year penalties for sharing books, or magazines, emails, or websites on Cannabis.
  • Redefining synthetic opioids as Cannabis including Fentanyl that the pop icon Prince died of in 2016.
  • Redefining “medical Cannabis” from a plant as it is in the rest of the world to a suite of pharma including; GMO, Synthetics, Industrial Hemp, CBD, and pharmaceuticals. None of these with THC none called Cannabis anywhere else in the world, and in the case of synthetics, not even form a plant. (2016)
  • NONE of these have been properly notified to the pubic
  • Welcome to what some activists have done with Government, say hello to them in Melbourne
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Is Australia Ready For Legal Cannabis for Medicinal Use ?

13 April 2017
Melbourne Australia –

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There is a new Cannabis Bill in NSW Australia, and most believe it is the first Real Cannabis bill, for many reasons. Called the Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2017, it is a few years in the making, and a lot has happened since the comittee report was produced in 2013.

Most do not realise that leglaising Cannabis  for medical or reacreaitonal use is a state issue.

In the years since there have been multiple bills on Cannabis in states and federally. All have done similar things, fufil the voter promises to legalise medical cannabis (for the voters) and fulfilling the opposite promise to all others by prevneting it from happening, to the beneffit of others such as industry, pharmcuticals and politicians that are oposed.

So what happened ?

  • In 2014 Politicians promised to legalise Cannabis for medical purposes, so parents and patients alike would not have to buy “evil, crude, mold-infested”  Cannabis from the black market.
  • In 2015 a survey immerged showing 94% of Australians supported Cannabis. Oops, the problem is the government never intended to make it available.
  • So in 2016 multiple bills in multiple states introduced laws increasing penalties for Cannabis patients, growers, and caregivers, and at the same time began to redefine Cannabis itself from a genus of a plant to a suite of products. This evolved bill by bill and state by state. In the case of Victoria, they got many new laws and increased penlalties on Cannabi sincluding social media, books, magazines, blogs and websites (oops) all with penalties of 10 years prison. This got worse when the word Cannabis was not even used in bills and law changes. All the anti-cannabis laws passed 33-6 or 32-6 as is typical in Victoria. My own amendmend got added that was spsecfic to the changing of the defition of Cannabis, it did not change the outocme of the bill but the amendment was addressed and is in Hansard for fact checking now and in the future.
  • This was made worse again in QLD Australia when they re-defined the synthetic opioid Subsys (Fentynal) a synthetic opioid that 50-100 times more potent than morphine) as Cannabis in early 2016, and it was addressed in the QLD bill itself that passed without amendmeent in October 2016.

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There is no “legal” demand for Cannabis in Australia so there will be no growing. 

  • The result of all this activitiy and promises, was the birth of a new group in the department of health. Called the Office of Drug Control or ODC. They are repsonsible for licenscing of Cannabis grow and manufacturing licenses, as well as import and export. Previous to this each state controlled their own licenses, so now there wopuld be another tier of license control to make sure Australia proper fulfilled the international laws and agreements. This is how government was to control Cannabis.
  • Licenses would only be granted if there was demand, “legal demand”. With all the new laws in bills and states coinsidentally having no legal condtions for Cannabis this meant there was no legal demand. But what if more conditions were legal (or if they were forced with a elgal challenge) then yes the same ODC framework would work.

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Response Patient Access to Medicinal Cannabis in South Australia

The original paper this is referencing can be found here –


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Mr. Loren Paul Wiener
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Cannabis Law Reform Australia
31 Jan 2017 

My Background –

  • My brother died a few years ago of colon cancer in California as my father did only years prior. Prior to passing my brother discovered the wonders of what would later be called RSO (Rick Simpson Cannabis oil) this was 6 years ago when much was not known on dosages etc and how to use it for Cancer, as he was already in the late stage before it was discovered. Though a legal grower in California supplying legal dispensaries, he had given up smoking Cannabis recreationally years earlier. On discovering he was sick he investigated the oil and became a legal medical user. Doctors soon discovered he reacted well to the medical Cannabis oil and his tumors reduced dramatically. Selfishly, this gave me time to get to the USA to see my brother still strong.
  • Unfortunately, he came off the oil too soon and the tumors came back and got him. Originally from California before becoming a proud Australian 11 years ago, I was a little involved in legalisation of Medical Cannabis in 1996 in the USA, talking to politicians, doctors, and law enforcement at the time. I had no interest in Australia law reform here, however, at the same time as my brother passed others in Australia in 2014 were going through the same struggles for the same oil. I was then encouraged by the words of Australian Government to get more involved. I set up various websites to aid in information and consulting to politicians and others, that are for and even those against the use of Cannabis for medicinal use, offering some views on bills laws acts etc. based on my experience and exposure to previous legislation. I was honored to be asked by MP Mary Wooldridge Victoria to consult on the Access for Medical Cannabis Victoria Paper in 2016 and had my amendment added/addressed with a kind thank you in the Senate. I also work across and assist with all activists groups where our ideologies match. Uniquely to some, we are a big fan of law enforcement, initial discussions with law enforcement unknown to many, helped progress the laws in California. We discovered then as now bad laws are bad for law enforcement also. I also consult on global Cannabis issues and in Australia when the government or others ask.


  • Unfortunately, South Australia appears to be continuing the trend of 2016 and redefined the words “Medical Cannabis” and “Medicinal Cannabis”.
  • On earth outside of Australia and even in Australia prior to 2016 Medical Cannabis was the same as Recreational Cannabis in definition with only the regulations and processes being different. (Typically, a cannabis plant with 10-15% THC and 1% or less CBD to increase the CBD and THC potency, oil is made creating a 6-7x increase in potency this is often referred to as RSO or Rick Simpson Oil.)
  • Australia’s most recent Cannabis legal evolution dates back to 2014 with Australian governments promising medical Cannabis, then a survey in 2015 showed 94% of the population supports medical Cannabis. ( The resulting period of 2015 to 2016, saw every bill with support from multiple “activists” and MPs in 2015 and 2016, change the definition of Medical Cannabis from a plant to a suite of pharmaceutical products, GMO, chemicals, and synthetics (as not even from a plant).
  • The government and media took this further calling the pharmaceutical products “medical marijuana’ as well as “medicinal and medical Cannabis”. QLD was first in 2016 to specify in Ch2  7c that “anything” that, “acts like Cannabis is cannabis” including synthetics (as not from a plant) and including in QLD documents also the synthetic opioid Fentanyl that killed the singer prince in 2016. –  (page 6)
  • However, Victoria was the first state to introduce new laws against Cannabis in multiple bills but never mentioned the word “Cannabis, instead, they opted for an old reference “drugs of dependence”.

Specifics to the Paper

  • There are various references in the Executive Summary, that require comment.

There is public interest in the medicinal use of cannabis and cannabis-derived products and their use is subject to ongoing debate among health professionals and representative organizations.

  • I see no reference to the often referenced by government survey by Roy Morgan per above that showed there was a 94% support of the use of Cannabis (full spectrum) for medical use. –


The available evidence supporting the efficacy of medicinal cannabis generally falls short of the standards required for approved medicines

If you search the phrase above you get over 1.3 million references, so common is this in papers from around the world as it was 21 years ago.

  • Simply put where a medicine is illegal federally, doing research is difficult if not impossible unless the government is attempting to do research to prove a negative. One definition of efficacy is defined as, ‘the ability to produce a desired or intended result’. Where that desired effect is for Cannabis to be ineffective, then its proof of effectiveness is also a failure of efficacy.
  • However, with Cannabis being legal since 1996 in the USA and later in Canada and with over 200 million citizens, now able to access Cannabis legally in the United States alone without a single death, it is safe to say Cannabis (the plant is safe).
  • Unfortunately, tests on pharmaceutical extracts of Cannabis such as pure CBD such as GW Pharma product Epidiolex has shown many serious side effects including 2 deaths during trials – . It can also be argued that the suggested criteria to meet efficacy for Cannabis the Cochrane or Gold Standard test do not work for Cannabis. This is because the human body contains a group of receptors in the brain and thought-out the human nervous center called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). A runners high is believed to be the result of a stimulated ECS. Though the efficacy is proven in various studies. The fact that human dosage required varies greatly, it was noted in a study 80% benefited when Cannabis was used for pain management. Pain 112 (2004) Berman, Symonds, Birch –
  • This is complimented by most if not all Cannabis doctors that have patients with legal access, where approximate 90% is for pain management and 66% of those for arthritis pain specifically. This mirrors the Australian OTC (over the counter) sales and prescriptions as well per recent reports.

However, there are various references to efficacy available.


Medical Cannabis and use of Cannabis as a Medicines  – Steps are being taken to facilitate availability of high quality “medicinal cannabis” products


Again, of those using Cannabis legally medically 90% of the world that use medical Cannabis do so for pain. This only works with real Cannabis. Unfortunately, the new pharmaceuticals, being created do not work well for that and failed phase 3 trials as well (GW Pharma Sativex failed trials).

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Other trials are a preference by the department, with many SAEs (serious adverse effects) being your definition of Cannabis seems to indicate the new dangerous pharmaceutical Cannabis chemicals those side effects are typical and why they should not be approved in favor of natural Cannabis products.

What is Cannabis, medicinal Cannabis, hemp, industrial hemp, and recreational Cannabis?

Unfortunately, with the inconsistent definitions of Cannabis in Australia, illustrated above any reference to the word “Cannabis” in this paper has to be vetted for their meaning. Medical Cannabis everywhere but Australia is the same as recreational Cannabis with just different regulations. In Australia, Medical Cannabis need not include Cannabis at all.

Aligned with the national initiatives, the Department is developing a patient access pathway for medicinal cannabis.

Again, in this context, Cannabis is something other than Cannabis the plant, and very dangerous.


While legally produced medicinal cannabis products are currently not readily available in

Australia, the national intention is that eventually there will be access to high-quality Australian-grown and manufactured pharmaceutical products on prescription. It is anticipated that access to medicinal cannabis products produced to TGA standards may be possible in 2017. 

Australia Creates Multiple New Government Backed Black Markets for Cannabis in Australia 

  • With the new licensing regime created by the TGA and ODC, the false demand created for new pharmaceutical Cannabis and “new” medicines to be grown per above, has criteria where demand must be quantified. Demand is based on not what is needed, but what is lawful, and for what conditions they are lawful. Demand in Australia as in the rest of the world is based on the efficacy of medicine that works. This is Cannabis a full spectrum plant, not isolated chemicals from Cannabis or synthetics that need not come from a plant at all. The result of this is that many hemp growers looking to capitalize, on this new black market, (some funded by government) are offering thousands of dollars in Australia for lists of names of potential patients. Where those lists are hard to come by, they pretend to be looking to supply medical Cannabis (the plant) hoping to engage more names and addresses for a demand for a placebo no one wants. This is similar to lawsuits in the USA in 2014, where the Hemp industry purposely confused Cannabis users with hemp users and medicines. Unfortunately, this is being done via the government in Australia, not industry currently and one of the likely legal challenges in 2017.
  • The current black market for illegal Cannabis for medical users is also growing due to the government repeating sound bites in the media that states medical Cannabis is now legal in Australia. A search reveals 861,000 references to this with many from Australia government web sites.

South Australia Government Endangering Public Safety with New Pharmaceuticals Hidden in New Cannabis Laws –

  • With the department choosing to consider new and untested and cannabis chemicals versus the real Cannabis products legal in the USA, Canada, Jamaica, Israel etc it is endangering the community.
  • A simple dialogue recently, where the government was asked if the Synthetic Cannabis they were using for trials is the same Synthetic Cannabis that they were reporting on the same day as being dangerous, highlights the confusion.

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Likely Australia legal challenges in 2017 for not allowing Cannabis to be used as medicine.

  • Australia has referenced the Canadian Cannabis model many times especially via the ODC. Canada was sued in 2016, for being in violation of their own constitution preventing safe and access to Cannabis for medicinal use (the plant). This has merit in Australia as well.
  • Canada was also sued by the people in 2008, for not allowing those other than government to provide Cannabis for medical use (the plant)
  • Many companies were sued in 2014 in the USA for misrepresenting hemp products as Cannabis. The same is true for the Australian government as is referenced in this paper.
  • In the Royal Commission, South Australia on Drug Use. The chairman Ron Sackville wrote in 1984 that Australia was misinterpreting and incorrectly enforcing the UN Single Use Act, as it was about trafficking and not personal use or medical use. This was ignored and the lowering of the benchmark for what trafficking is continues with tougher laws today. In light of these and other factors especially the legalizing of Cannabis in countries that have jurisprudence with Australia, it is anticipated a new interpretation of constitutional elements are justified and likely forthcoming.

Paper Questions –

  1. Should a medical practitioner be required to hold a section 18A authority before prescribing an unregistered schedule 8 medicinal cannabis product?

No. A Cannabis GP in the USA when asked how he can suggest Cannabis with no training. He asked if we have Panadol or Paracetamol in Australia? I said yes. He reminded me that they work on the human endocannabinoid system (ECS) just as does Cannabis. If they cannot suggest Cannabis then they should not be suggesting Panadol or similar drugs that work on the ECS. Especially as people dies from Panadol but never from Cannabis though there is a rumor a bale fell on someone on 20 April 2005.

  1. Should a medical practitioner be required to hold a section 18A authority before prescribing an unregistered schedule 8 medicinal cannabis product for patients over 70 years of age and Notified Palliative Care Patients?

No, Per above with over 200m with legal access to Cannabis, globally, making anything more complicated to any patients that can benefit patients is not in their best interest.

  1. Should there be consideration of a provision for a general practitioner to be able to hold a section 18A authority to continue treatment initiated and overseen by a specialist medical practitioner?

Again why make this more complicated, new specialists to access medicine that has been used in the Australia pharmacopeia for decades until prohibition is nonsensical, and to in the public interest.

  1. Should there be different requirements (compared with the usual requirements that apply to sale or supply of drugs of dependence) for pharmacists in relation to dispensing medicinal cannabis on prescription or supplying medicinal cannabis on order and recording such supply? If so, please detail what requirements should apply.


Drugs of dependence as a definition include hundreds of other drugs all more dangerous than Cannabis. Regulation and supply of Cannabis for medicinal use should be no more difficult than the USA,  Canada, Netherlands etc.


  1. Should there be different requirements (compared with the usual requirements that apply to administration and supply of drugs of dependence) for recording administration or supply of medicinal cannabis by a registered health practitioner, including when the drug is administered in a health service facility? If so, please detail what requirements should apply.

Yes, it should be easier, again with reference to the over 200m with access to legal Cannabis, it is unclear why Australia takes a perspective reminiscent of the early prohibition reefer madness.


  1. Should there be different requirements for the destruction of medicinal cannabis products? If so, what requirements should apply?

Again depends on what you mean by medicinal Cannabis. If the full spectrum plant then confiscation should be allowed to be used for research if nothing else.


  1. Are there any factors unique to medicinal cannabis products that need to be taken into account in relation to the storage and transport requirements for these products? If so, please provide details of any relevant factors.

Again depends if referring to cannabis the full spectrum plant (and products) or medical cannabis the dangerous pharmaceutical. If the plant in Canada most sales are online and delivered by post avoiding the issue.

  1. Are there any other matters that need to be considered in developing the access pathway? If so, please provide details.

If patients’ rights, needs, the SA department obligations, and a move away from creating bigger black markets, are a consideration, then Australia needs to move beyond arresting their way out of the need for a medicine from the Cannabis plant. Australia either embraces the black market and risking the public health in having to use it or evolves to a more mature model similar to any of the countries that have an evolved model especially Canada and the USA.



  • If a health and safety manual said that for a gas fire you need to use a certain fire extinguisher, but that fire extinguisher may also be a petrol container, it would seem nonsensical.
  • The government, the department and this paper are doing this by re-defining the word Cannabis multiple times in this paper and away from global definitions.
  • With Cannabis already re-defined in some references from being a plant to being a suite of pharmaceutical products and synthetics that need not include Cannabis, adding a further definition as the drug of dependence is not in the public interest.
  • Two bills passed in the Victoria in 2016 introducing new penalties and laws against The words Cannabis were never used in favor of drugs of dependence. Both laws passed with little debate and have still not been notified to the public.
  • By South Australia saying and the department saying legal Medical Cannabis will not contain Cannabis offers no value for patients. Patients to date have not addressed their rights, on the promise that government would fulfill their obligations to do so.
  • Creating new Black Markets and increasing the validity of existing ones by saying medical Cannabis is legal, as it is not, is not in the public interest.
  • Empowering black markets that sell Cannabis, as well as ICE, cocaine, weapons and other things, is not in the public interest.
  • “Considering” cannabis to be used for very rare cases and with very hard to get approved circumstances is not in the public interest, and empowers the black market further.
  • Creating a process as Qld, Vic, and NSW has done that results in no supply of medicine, enforces the black market, and also the need for legal action and is not in the public interest.


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