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Medical cannabis Q&A

This medical cannabis question and answer (Q&A) was prepared to provide clear and accurate information about the use and status of medical cannabis in New Zealand. 

Updated: December 2015.

Mythbusters: Yeast spreads can be used for brewing alcohol

Monday, November 30, 2015

A true blue Aussie toast spread is being used to make homebrew alcohol in remote Aboriginal communities? Turns out the Vegemite story that made headlines across the Tasman and around the world wasn’t quite what it seemed.

It started in August when Australia’s Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion described the popular yeast extract spread Vegemite as a scourge, or as he put it,

About a drug: powdered alcohol

Monday, November 30, 2015

We may not have heard much about it before, but powdered alcohol (just add water) is nothing new. It was first produced as a food additive by Sato Food Industries in Japan in the late 60s. There have been several efforts to introduce its sale in the US as an instant beverage, and all have failed to date, though it can currently be purchased in both Germany and Holland.

Q&A: Nobody suffers like the families

Monday, November 30, 2015

Julian McMahon is an Australian barrister practising criminal law. He was one of those representing Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran from the so-called Bali 9 and was also the lawyer for the Bali 9’s Van Tuong Nguyen who was executed in Singapore in 2005. Matters of Substance recently spoke with him about the death penalty for drug-related crime.

Q: Why is it important that we abolish the death penalty?

Viewpoints: Is the jury still out on e-cigarettes?

Monday, November 30, 2015

Short of a pill that will magically take addiction away, are e-cigarettes the best smoking cessation device since the humble patch? Or are they just another dangerous addiction,
a gateway device for children or, worse, a sneaky attempt by Big Tobacco to renormalise smoking?