I listened to a radio interview this morning, with an Australian cannabis ‘expert’.. he has been visiting cannabis growing & producing operations around the world. He will be coming to Aotearoa/NZ soon to address a meeting/seminar.
He was very straight foreword & to the point, on these issues:
> differences between: Hemp, medicinal use & recreational use; all are varieties of ‘Cannabis Sativa’. They are selectively bred, for requirements
> on the word; ‘marijuana’.. I had to applaud his comments to the host (paraphrased) ‘marijuana is a slang name, often used to demonise the plant’ He made it clear, that in the context of Medicinal use, only its correct scientific name was applicable’: CANNABIS. He went on to say that no other medicinal plant or extract, was referred to by such slang names eg morphine is an opiate, but is not referred to as ‘smack’ or Dope etc.
> outlined the difference between the active ingredients: THC, CBD, turpenes etc. He gave a basic overview of there effects
> outlined that hemp has so many various industrial uses.. BUT not for ‘getting high’
> talked about legal/regulated recreational uses oversea: Canada, Australia, USA, EU etc. They ensure adults, responsible uses & treatment for overdose/problem use
> he said NZ has an opportunity, to learn from the issues overseas & avoid falling into the problems, that some have had
> talked about corporate models, social clubs, coffeeshops (Holland for decades)
> mentioned the excessively prohibitive restrictions still placed around, growing operations. He said that in Tasmania (Aust.) they grow huge fields of opium, for the medical industry.. without all the hysteria about ‘keeping it hidden away from the public’, as still often happens with medical cannabis cultivation & even hemp
It was brilliant to hear, someone who spoke with such knowledge & positivity about the issues, rather than misinformation, Fearmongering etc. as is still often heard in NZ.. “BRAVO !”
He left me thinking that perhaps, some in the NZ media, are finally being honest & open on the positives & negatives of the plant. He even compared it to Alcohol use, which is now being seen as more harmful, but many attitudes are that it is an ‘acceptable risk’
I cannot find a link to podcast on Radio NZ (RNZ).. yet..
Just found this: